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A devastating nuclear attack thrusts nine strangers together in the bunker-like basement of their New York apartment building. The survivors are trapped underground with no hope of rescue, and only horror on the other side of the door. As supplies dwindle and tempers flare, they become increasingly unhinged by the close quarters and hopelessness of their situation, and turn on one another. Still, one survivor holds on to a thin chance for escape, even though salvation is unlikely.

Cast & Crew

Iván González
Sam
Karl Mueller
Screenwriter
Eron Sheean
Screenwriter
Jamie Carmichael
Executive Producer
Kevin Iwashina
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Chris Ouwinga
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Michael Horn
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Laurent Bares
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Carlo Rizzo
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Lindsey Hayes Kroeger
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Critic Reviews for The Divide

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (43)

  • Gens' film, while a far darker vision of the day the world ends, is more sexually sordid than satisfying. Save the humans? Why bother?

    April 9, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette are in the cast but not helped by a cursory screenplay.

    April 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.

    April 19, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Nasty, unrelenting and likely to make your hair fall out.

    April 15, 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.

    March 4, 2012

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  • 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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