Monday, April 2, 2012

The Divide (2011)

THE DIVIDE opens with the end of the world. The tenants of a high-rise apartment complex escape the nuclear devastation by hiding out in a bomb shelter beneath the building, but hunger, fear, and paranoia soon begin to tear them apart. This new post-apocalyptic vision follows the same running theme of societal breakdown that is present in many of George Romero's early films, only it is taken through to a much nastier conclusion. Just as we have seen in DAY OF THE DEAD, the trapped survivors quickly descend into the darkest depths of depravity once the veil of civilization has been lifted. Although it is very strongly executed by FRONTIERE(S) director Xavier Gens, THE DIVIDE pushes too hard, making the actions of its characters intolerable to watch. Many tangents are created but then never fully explored, leaving a number of questions unanswered as the film attempts to pick a direction. The timing of events also comes into question considering how quickly things fall into chaos. Still, there is a power and intensity behind THE DIVIDE that borders on madness, giving it a nihilistic edge over other 'End of the World' thrillers.


Rating: 8/10.

Movies like THE DIVIDE: RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR, THE ROAD,DANCE OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD,CABIN FEVER, MARTYRS, THE DESCENT.

2 comments:

  1. Absolutely great movie. Husband loves end of the world movies, but I usually find them boring. I really liked the tension in this film and have to say that it is probably one of the better films I have seem like this in a long while.

    Cheers!

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  2. Opening theme song is amazing, so memorable! Film is great, shows the true human nature....every man for himself theory...the law of the jungle

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