The Divide


The Divide

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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 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. -- (C) Anchor Bay


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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.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

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

    Apr 20, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 4, 2012
  • 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.

    Jan 20, 2012 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 20, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Divide

  • Feb 08, 2014
    An impressive performance from Heroes alumni Milo Ventimiglia aside, The Divide is a relentlessly grim and numbing experience that totally fails to live up to the director's previous film, masterpiece Martyrs, nor does it earn the genuinely spectacular final scene the film abruptly ends on. Incredibly disappointing.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2013
    When the fiery apocalypse comes, at least Mickey(Michael Biehn), a building superintendent, is prepared. What he is not ready for is several of his tenants also making it into his underground bunker. Regardless, he is still willing to share some of his food, just as long they do not open the outside door, lest they die a slow, lingering death. However, this rule probably did not apply to the men in the Haz Mat suits who break in, taking Wendi(Abbey Thickson) out of her mother's(Rosanna Arquette) arms back whence they came. To be fair, "The Divide" has certain things going for it, like its stunning opening image of a fireball superimposed on an eyeball, a sign of its quick and efficient set-up. And the story is kind of plausible too, as there are plenty of Cold War era buildings that still have bomb shelters in them. Plus, I liked how Mickey's backstory is handled, less spelled out than implied. But once the Haz Mat suits disappear in search of a better movie, there goes the WTF factor and any possible direction the story might have otherwise had. At which point, the only thing the movie can do is go down into the pits of depravity which here is much more boring than actually disturbing. Say what you will about Rod Serling but at least he knew how to make a point.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2013
    An interesting psychological view at how humans trapped in a tight space respond to stress and can become warped. This film does become very disturbing at times. Loses points for messing up the science fiction angle and not explaining it. Plus, since there probably won't be a sequel, the fact that nothing is explained is kind of a problem.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2012
    You really don't want to be trapped by assholes in a basement during the post apocalypse. A group of strangers were all trapped inside a basement of an apartment after a nuclear apocalypse, tension begin to grow as many of the assholes didn't know how to behave appropriate socially. The film actually was made in the perspective of the viewers, when someone gets annoying, they are sent away. I loved the fallout costume, unfortunately, it's the only good thing in the film. Most characters only knew how to whine, especially Sam, who cannot even speak proper english and whines the most like a little girl. The selfishness and the uselessness of the villains in the film made me sick, well played by the actors though, especially Biehn who pulled off the redneck leader personality. It's quite interesting to watch, it's a very macho film inspired by the New French Extremity. If only the experiment and the scientists could have been explained, it would be so much better.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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