Battle Royal touches on a subject that I think will become more and more to the fore front of society. "Logan's Run" could be said to be a kind of inverse of BR. George Lucas's THX1138 is also a part of this world. The subject that I am talking about is he next social paradigm shift.
Racism, sexism, Fascism, Marxism, basically pick an "ism". The next big "ism" may just be more about age than anything else. This is simply my belief given a number of things.
First off we are looking at the largest generation gap in history....period. The internet is the most important invention since writing and many people have their children explain how to use Internet tech to them.
Second is the perception of older generations currently in office in current government in regards to the emerging web based technology. They keep trying to pass legislation to place the internet under the same constraints as television.
They don't get it. I am in a mall and no less than seven different things are connected to the internet for business purposes. Five years ago half of these devices did not exist. There are senators on record who can't use some if these things. If you don't know how too buy a Coke using a modern vending machine, how can you pass laws regulating how
Understanding the world in which we live and creating legislation that matches it has always been the point. When Congress fails to do this then you get a reactionary society like the one portrayed in Battle Royal.
Yeah maybe I am reaching but I simply couldn't shake the thought that this whole thing was precipitated by people not understanding how to confront change.
And the "Fresh Prince" song: "Parents Just Don't Understand", kept playing in my head.