When a mysterious cataclysmic bomb devastates New York, eight strangers take refuge in the basement of their apartment building. The residents soon succumb to cabin fever as fear of sickness, dwindling supplies, and ruthless outside invaders, plays on their mind. However Eva, the only young woman, has her own worries as the men begin to regress into dangerous packs. She quickly learns to be ruthless if she wants to survive, aware that her sanctuary is becoming her hell. Will her survival ultimately be at the expense of her humanity? –SXSW
Xavier Gens (Dunkirk, France, 1975) has made television commercials, worked in production on several high budget films (including Maximum Risk, Ronin and Le Bossu) and directed over 40 music videos. He has also worked for directors such as Ringo Lam, Tsui Hark and Emmanuel Finkiel. This year, he made his feature debut with the successful Frontier(s) before going on to direct Hitman, also produced by EuropaCorp. —noirfest.com
I liked the final scene? Not sure it was a good idea to let Ventimiglia go rabid frat-boy all over the back half but honestly all the dropped plotlines and sidelined Biehn feel like stalling until they can blow the FX budget on that last sequence, which says a whole lot without all the yelling. I think the script just said "faggot" and "motherfucker" with instructions to vary the volume.
Well that was tragic and depressing and hard to watch. Not because it was awfully done, but because of the dark and disturbing turn of events. I want to say that it was real and that's why it was so disturbing, but I can't honestly think that people would really behave the way they did in the film given the situation. Artistic license and all, I still think that the director did well to get a reaction from viewers.
To put it succinctly, this is a movie with no artistic or entertainment value. I didn't think I'd be able to have a more unpleasant, angering movie watching experience then that time I rented Meet the Spartans as a joke, but The Divide handily delivers. I wish I could give it negative stars.