It would be a mistake to call The Purge thinly-veiled social commentary because that would necessitate the presence of a veil. When there’s no distance between the comment and the art, it’s simply a statement. “Socioeconomic inequality leads to entitlement and estrangement.” That’s The Purge. Writer-director James DeMonaco has no room for subtlety, and what he’s constructed isn’t a veiled commentary, but a cage constructed out of a thriller/action film. This doesn’t mean his comment doesn’t have merit. It’s perfectly timed and speaks to our current cultural climate. It’s just that no one may hear the message over the bloodlust created by the desire for an upper-middle-class family to fight off their upper-class attackers.