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.
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It draws and drowns you in its harrowing descent into desperation and the madness of the living unable to cope with mortality. And the small sci-fi twist is visually interesting. But when you finally surface for air at the end, you realize it has imparted nothing. However, kudos to the strong cast: German, Ventimiglia, Eklund and Arquette demonstrate that they have a great deal more to offer.
Grisly and disturbing to say the least. The director does not aim for realism but sensationalism with the movie's depiction of human cruelty. One might argue that the characters descend into depravity conveniently quick but that is beside the point. The point is to examine the worst possible behaviour in an extreme situation. If you want something similar that plays for realism watch Haneke's Time Of The Wolf.
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.