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Its nihilism feels cynical rather than authentically bleak, and the increasingly histrionic scenes start to resemble an indulgent actors' workshop that has spun out of control.
The film's only point appears to be lurid delight in topping one atrocity with another.
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.
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.
In the end, the pace of the film is just too sluggish to maintain our interest and, at under two hours, it feels longer.
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.
Ultimately the main problem with The Divide was the characters. If you're going to set your entire movie in a single room, you need interesting relationships to make the story pop.
Hits its stride in Act II, and once that moment has passed, you're stuck with one irritating slog toward a rather disappointing climax.
It isn't long before the plot and characters have nowhere left to go but down to the depths of human depravity. And by the end it's impossible to see the point.
"The Divide" is an ugly film, both visually and thematically. But it only really rubs you the wrong way if you take it seriously, which we can't imagine anyone would.
Whatever edge of fear and tension the movie might have possessed is traded for blistering annoyance as the cast near-cannibalizes one another while screeching at top volume for over 120 minutes.
Gens' film, while a far darker vision of the day the world ends, is more sexually sordid than satisfying. Save the humans? Why bother?
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.
"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.
Clocking in at over two hours, The Divide is a vicious horror film. It's premise is simple enough. Nine tenants of a New York apartment complex narrowly escape a deadly nuclear blast by finding their way into a bomb shelter built by their paranoid, ex-Marine superintendant. Whatever caused the total decimation of New York City is never explained, but the focus of the film isn't on the outside; it's on how the nine characters deal with living in an enclosed space with food quickly running out and madness slowly seeping in.
As is typical with films like this, The Divide runs with the cliche idea that without rules and civilized order, people will eventually start killing each other for personal gain, the strong or most fearful will prevail and the weak will perish. Every character is as diverse as the next one, so there are plenty of different types of characters to identify with, most notably the heroine Eve (yes the Biblical reference is obvious), played by Lauren German. Not once does this girl make an immoral or selfish decision. And everyone else has a mix of good and evil attributes that will soon enough spark an all out war between them, leaving Eve with the realization that at least outside, she has a chance at surviving.
Yes, you've seen this movie before. Lord of the Flies covered this ground quite well, as did The Beach and almost every zombie movie you've seen. But The Divide isn't as bad as you might think. I for one was never bored. I didn't predict where the story would go in terms of who would turn on who, or just how atrocious some of these people become. It's true that in times of crisis, you never know how people will react over time, and I was able to buy most of the plot twists and character developments. I also really liked Michael Biehn in this movie. His portrayal of Mickey is pretty much Cpl Hicks if he returned to Earth, couldn't adjust to ordinary mundane life, and became a paranoid, creepy old man. So The Divide is pretty familiar territory, but at least it gets the formula right. There's enough here to scare, disturb, and entertain.
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