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No way out

Author: nome-nessuno from Italy
4 June 2016

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It was a nuclear attack , the kind that leave no prisoners . All the inhabitants of a building trying to find shelter . Only 8 able to take refuge in the underground bunker of the same building , "inhabited " by the caretaker. The film is shot very well , it exploits the great great location , the actors have worked very well and the climax and rhythm are really well calibrated . The main theme , is the isolation that leads to madness , the emergence of victims characters , executioners , cruelty and liabilities but in The Divide the Apocalypse is just an excuse , merely a contingent situation that lives the group . Impazisce someone , someone takes the lead , forming little groups . The small group who commands is what will also manage the food rations . And that's what most cynical and violent .

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Not bad

Author: grantss from Sydney, Australia
10 November 2015

Not bad.

Starts off pretty badly and initially seems intent on irritating the viewer more than anything else. However, just when I was about to give up on it, it kicked up a gear. Got really edgy and found a point. Powerful ending.

Performances are hit and miss. Lauren German is solid in the lead role, but Michael Biehn is irritating (I guess that doesn't just apply to this movie!). Rosanna Arquette seems miscast. The supporting male cast often overdo the machismo.

Not a must-see, but not a waste of time either.

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Harrowing and uncompromising

Author: NateWatchesCoolMovies from Canada
27 October 2015

Xavier Gens 's The Divide is one of the most unrepentant, bleak glimpses at life after a nuclear apocalypse I've ever seen committed to film. The opening credits have barely started before we're thrown headlong into the midst of an attack on New York City, debris flung at the lens, people running screaming.. most dying. A lucky few make it to the building caretaker's fortified basement, where they are forced to hide out together. Lauren German and her wimpy husband (Ivan Gonzalez), Courtney B. Vance, Roseanna Arquette and her daughter Abbey Thickson, and two arrogant tough guys (Michael Eklund and Milo Ventigmiglia) are among the survivors, and are all excellent. The real standout is Michael Biehn as Mickey, the grizzled caretaker, with a take no bullschit attitude and a tortured past. He begrudgingly allows them to stay (also, he's outnumbered), and when it becomes clear the disaster has resulted in fallout and they are going to be stuck down there for a long time, tensions arise. Slowly, subtly their minds begin to unravel and societal boundaries stretch in favour of primal, animalistic urges and madness. This is apparent in Eklund, Ventimiglia and Arquette's astounding performances especially. The three of them get hit with fallout the hardest, give in to their inner natures and by the end of the film resemble grotesque creatures, as opposed to the people they started off as. Lauren German is the most resilient, letting the only light of hope in the film shine through in her work. For a lower budget effort it packs a nasty punch, leaving a sickening aura in its wake, as any serious minded post apocalyptic movie should. Just be prepared to watch some Family Guy or something after to get you out of its pessimistic, feverishly overpowering head space.

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Huge fan of the genre but this one just misses the mark

Author: ronbeebe2 from United States
14 October 2015

I really, really like post-civilization movies. Post apocalyptic or otherwise. This one intrigued me for obvious reasons, however, there was so little character development, that I watched the entire film only to see how it ended. I felt that it could have been filmed better, more raw, more gritty, and that the characters themselves (meaning who was chosen to play each character) was not too far fetched, rather, the script needed some MAJOR tweaking. Another thing that I strongly despise is loose ends. Since I am not planning to spoil the movie, I will leave it at that. Premise: A+ Effects: Solid B Script: D Character Development: F

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Very well made, but the film never allows you to know these characters fully

Author: schultzalan-1 from United States
13 September 2015

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This is a disturbing, thought-provoking, well-made film that has a huge fatal flaw to it. The characters are incredibly underwritten. This is a film that exemplifies the need to examine the characters life before the disaster occurs sending their life into a tail-spin. Unfortunately this film starts at the disaster, a nuclear explosion, before hinting at some of the characters pasts. And these are the only characters that we come to slightly know and care about. That is about 5 characters in a film where 9 characters play pivotal roles. And you only get to know those 5 characters slightly. The problem here is that 2/3 of the way through the movie is that the movie doesn't connect us with its characters. Its intention is to show the moral ambiguity of these characters and how they turn from civilized human beings to a "Lord of the Flies style group cannibalizing on the weaker members. And that's fine. I love "Lord of the Flies". But the director avoids allowing you to know the characters fully and that is a problem. If you don't know what the characters were like before hand, how can you be emotionally involved in where they end up? The director doesn't present the full spectrum here. Those who are given a slight backstory are very well played, especially by Rosanna Arquette as a mother who allows herself to be degraded to the worst possible degree in order to survive. But some of the characters are so thinly written that they begin psychotic and end up psychotic and you have no idea of what their connection is to any of the others or why they are there in the first place. And that is what hurts this film. You end up asking "Who are these people" 2/3 of the way through because you are not allowed to know them. It's a well made, well-acted film that trods along familiar lines but does so with intelligence. The problem is it doesn't want you to connect to it.

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A great study of characters

Author: Alina Elena from Romania
3 August 2015

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A lot of movies did the whole "survivors stuck together try to survive each other", but not quite as vividly as The Divide. And also, not as disturbing. A simple premise - a few people escape a nuclear blast and find themselves stuck in a shelter, in the basement of a building.

Tension soon builds up and conflicts arise. As the movie progresses, the characters slowly descend into madness, whether because of the situation or the fact that they got irradiated. The actors' performance is amazing, especially of those who start losing it. You can feel yourself growing more and more afraid of them, just as the characters in the movie, a feat few other films accomplish so brilliantly.

There were some things not quite fully thought out, though. At some point, the movie introduces additional villains, in the form of soldiers in hazmat suits, but in my opinion they were unneeded. They were mainly there to give an excuse for the death/disappearance of a character and a door closed forever, but they just add confusion and those things could have been achieved in other ways. Especially since they remain unexplained in the end.

A word of caution - the movie is BRUTAL. I've seen slasher flicks with less violence, so be prepared going in.

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Overall, a good "post end-of-the-world" movie.

Author: justjason-74907 from United States
11 July 2015

This was, overall, a very realistic story of how humans would behave in a situation like this. It wasn't what I expected, but in a good way. For the individuals who posted negative reviews, they were obviously looking for something more action packed. For the individuals who have the time to enjoy the full story line of a film in this genre, you're in for a bit of a treat. This film can be a bit disturbing at times, but overall a realistic view of how humans would behave in a situation like this. Somebody mentioned this being a apocalyptic rape film. That is absolutely untrue. Granted, there was one scene that preluded to that, but it did not end in such a filthy act. This film has been underrated. Definitely worth the time. You'll be glad you gave it a chance.

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Misleading synopsis.

Author: wezhealy from England
5 February 2015

I thought this film was centred on a group trapped in a bunker versus an unknown enemy trying to get them following a nuclear event. In fact, this is just a small plot tool designed to set the scene for the true film plot. This film is actually the descent into depravity of a group trapped in a bunker. It's a film about secrets, insanity, group dynamics and how the situation evolves and ultimately slips into chaos. The acting is good, the set and costumes are low budget but the score is world class. The music really made me think it deserved a better film. The Divide is worth a watch as long as you know that 'the strange people outside' are little more than a mechanism and feature little beyond that. The end is predictable and will leave you unfulfilled for the time you've invested so in that respect, it's like a train ride to work, enjoy the journey because the destination isn't up to much.

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You wanna survive, you listen to me.

Author: tieman64 from United Kingdom
3 February 2015

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Xavier Gens' "The Divide" opens with a series of explosions ravaging New York City. Fleeing the flames, several men and women barricade themselves in the basemen of an apartment building. In this basement, a "Lord of the Flies" situation develops, Gens' survivors forming gangs, squabbling over leadership, food, status, and eventually committing murderous acts.

Whilst "The Divide's" descent into savagery is rushed and unconvincing, the film's moments of gore, nihilism and hate nevertheless offer glimpses of truth. Elsewhere Gens' attempts at being "political" are jaw-droppingly bizarre. He has, for example, bigoted survivalists "proven right" in their fears of bisexual men, whilst French cowards are revealed to be inept even in their sole moments of bravery. Throw in allusions to the September 11th terrorist attacks, and you have a rather odd film.

"The Divide" stars cult-favourite Michael Biehn, the fearless Rosanna Arquette, and ends with a powerful scene, young Eva (Lauren German) flushing herself down a toilet in an attempt to escape a humanity which has revealed itself to be but slime and filth. The film contains some cleverly designed low-budget Hazmat suits.

6/10 – Worth one viewing.

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Author: Cary-7 from United States
22 December 2014

People trapped after a disaster/war (yawn), they turn on each other (yawn), there are few survivors (yawn).

For the most part, this movie was predictable to the point of tedious. People do dumb, predictable things that you see coming a mile away. The characters that aren't fatally averse to acting in a way that a banana slug would recognize as best for their near-term survival either fade into the background or become antagonists so over the top they'd make John Voight blush. As if this complete lack of nuance wasn't enough, the boneheaded moves are then used to shoehorn the movie into its next telegraphed stupidity. The only exception to this were the two final sequences, which I'd describe, but I wouldn't want to spoil the only good part of the movie.

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