When what appear to be meteors or missiles decimate New York City, eight survivors find refuge in the basement of their apartment building which the Superintendent has prepared for just such an emergency. But in the confined space it doesn't take long for the tenants to turn against one another.
Lauren German (Eva), Michael Biehn (Mickey), Milo Ventimiglia (Josh), Courtney Vance (Delvin), Ashton Holmes (Adrien), Rosanna Arquette (Marilyn), Ivan Gonzalez (Sam), Michael Eklund (Bobby), Abbey Thickson (Wendi), Jennifer Blanc (Liz).
The Divide starts off by jumping straight into the story with very little background. Once everyone is locked in the basement things get a bit strange with the weird Superintendent and a side story that results in the group being trapped. From there the film turns into an exercise of human behavior theory as the survivors begin to turn on one another and struggle for the limited resources available. The result is a somewhat disturbing film that will leave you wanting a hot soapy shower.
Acting was interesting if not good. Biehn did pretty well as a nutball who turns out to be a nice guy. Arquette attempted to be a mom for a few minutes and failed before once again becoming an abused sex toy. Eklund put forth a truly disturbing performance, while German delivered some sanity and held things together for a while.
Camera work was decent while sets and backgrounds were minimal but good. Physical effects were very well done lending to the disturbing quality of the film. Dialogue was fairly well done, as was sound and soundtrack.
Overall The Divide is a moderately disturbing post-apocalyptic film that presents the darker possibilities of humanity in a crisis situation. Those who can endure or enjoy more disturbing aspects of human nature will enjoy this one while others will be disgusted.
With plenty of disturbing, extreme violence, fairly explicit deviant sexuality, and persistent foul language, save this one for adults only.
The Divide is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel
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