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The Divide (2012)



Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 16

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In this graphic and violent, post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers-all tenants of a New York high rise apartment-escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building's bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment. As supplies dwindle, and tensions flare, and they grow

Apr 17, 2012


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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (34) | DVD (1)

The film's only point appears to be lurid delight in topping one atrocity with another.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (6)
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The tale quickly degenerates from a dramatically promising clash of personalities under pressure to a gratuitous display of rape, murder, torture, dismemberment, madness, ugly misogyny, naked racism and yelling.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (2)
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It's a rare movie where the most likable character onscreen, and the feel-good hero of the damnable show, is none other than the hardy cockroach.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In the end, the pace of the film is just too sluggish to maintain our interest and, at under two hours, it feels longer.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Delivers everything that horror fans might want from a post-apocalyptic thriller - rape, self-immolation, youngster harvesting, throat-slitting, more rape - everything, that is, except a reason to care.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source:
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The only possible relief from director Xavier Gens' abusively bleak survivalist scenario is how implausible it is.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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A clunky and ugly little film that I was more than happy to forget.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A genuinely disturbing descent into madness. You just happen to have seen it all before.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

A genre film that's both a little too long and a little too brutal for mainstream tastes ... a minor cult movie, beloved by a few discriminating connoisseurs of small-scale apocalyptic horror and pretty much ignored by the rest of us.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A nasty, efficient film that makes the imminent end of life on Earth seem like the judgment of a wise God.

April 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette are in the cast but not helped by a cursory screenplay.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

One to avoid.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

No one has any goals other than to be the most annoying person in the room and there's plenty of competition in that department. It's a waste of a good setup as the situation and location are well drawn.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

Gens's skilful direction and the throat-grabbing performances from the cast add to the tension.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It is all rather unremittingly grim. Like watching one of those elaborate 'Seventies social behavioral experiments designed to illustrate how crap human nature is.

April 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Nasty, unrelenting and likely to make your hair fall out.

April 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (3)
Empire Magazine

Gens' impressively grim film has points to make about post-9/11 militarism, but you get the sense that humanity disgusts him so much he'd rather leave his characters to the roaches.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There's plenty of septic green and bilious brown in this basement, but fortunately no black and white.

March 28, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

this uncompromising, unapologetically unpleasant addition to the post-apocalyptic subgenre invites us, along with Eva, to bear witness to the end of everything that we take for granted and hold dear, with all sentiment and hope forever locked out.

March 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

THE DIVIDE aims for a dark, cutthroat tone, focusing on exploitation elements without the thrills that are usually involved. The result is both extremely dismal and extremely uncomfortable.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's not a film for everyone. Heck, it's not a film for anyone, yet underneath the oppressive atmosphere of this insistently nasty movie are a few persuasive scenes of panic set against a terrifying doomsday scenario.

January 22, 2012 Full Review Source:

The characters might be suffering from claustrophobia, but the audience is most likely to suffer from boredom.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

If it's possible to get bored with derangement, The Divide finds a way to make that happen.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for The Divide

The Divide is a contrived load of nonsense. Aspects of it are great and from the reviews I've read I seem to be the only person who actually liked the ending. In fact, much of the film was pretty decent and I really liked the overall idea. It's the character development that really ruined it for me, that and the pointless moodiness highlighted by a soundtrack that couldn't have been more out of place if it tried. People do not go mad, turn into murdering transvestite rapist after only two days of incarceration. I don't care what the circumstance. OK, so I've never been in a shelter after an apocalyptic event, hopefully I never will but while I acknowledge there would be a level of madness and understand that some of the people who were with me might do terrible things under pressure, I do not believe that they will start cross dressing, will become sex slaves, will make others pretend to be Dogs for entertainment, cut each others fingers off or not look for a way out! After two days!!!! Stretch the timeline out (put beards on the guys for Goodness sake), change the soundtrack (think John Carpenter or Under the Skin) and get on with telling the story instead of bombarding the viewer with pointless montages. Then maybe a good film you will have.
April 9, 2014

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To survive the end of the world you must first survive each other.

Great Film! The performances felt real. The mood was perfectly dark and doomish. This post-apocalyptic take on humanity is not the most positive, but it is positively one of the bests! The cinematography and few special effects are good, especially for the budget. The story with its sci-fi elements briefly introduces a world of wonder, before shutting the door closed on hope and humanity. It is saved by sparkles of effective comedy, but transgresses into a struggle to survive at any price. What is there left? Humanity? Dignity? Love? Compassion? Not really. As dark is it it, this vision hopefully encourages us to do better in our own lives. No need to wait for a nuclear explosion to figure out what is our desired behaviour for betterment. Totally worth watching!!!

In this graphic and violent, post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers-all tenants of a New York high rise apartment-escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building's bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment. As supplies dwindle, and tensions flare, and they grow increasingly unhinged by their close quarters and hopelessness, each act against one another becomes more depraved than the next. While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside.
April 21, 2012
Manu Gino

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"To survive the end of the world you must first survive each other."

Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.

The Divide begins at the instant a nuclear missile hits a city. Some occupants of a building run into a basement and hide from the carnage. From this point on these survivors begin their descent into a hell of their own making as madness and primal aggression take hold. This is a pretty unpleasant film to tell you the truth. The levels of degradation that the people in the bunker resort to is fairly grim. Physical, verbal and sexual violence all manifest themselves as these survivors lose touch with their humanity. They are not a particularly nice bunch of people to begin with, so this does pose some problems for us as an audience empathizing with any of them. Nevertheless, the film does generate quite a bit of suspense and there are some very unpleasant moments of nastiness. So it does work in a brutal in-your-face kind of way. And this is the movie's chief selling point.

While the setting is almost exclusively limited to the bunker, there is one unusual moment where one of the survivors is able to exit the confines of the building and come briefly into contact with the enemy. It's a very bizarre sequence where the mysterious bad guys appear to be storing children - one of which they earlier snatched from the bunker - in incubators. The children look either dead or blinded. It's horrific and utterly strange. Immediately after this the mysterious enemy weld our heroes back into their bunker and are never seen again. After this point the microcosm of the bunker just goes from bad to worse, as some inhabitants go mad and others sadistically insane. Overall, The Divide is a nasty movie with a very pessimistic view of how life in these extreme conditions will play out. If you like apocalyptic films on the more grimy and violent side of the spectrum then this is one to see.
April 5, 2012
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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two stars
April 5, 2012
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