The Divide (2011) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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The Divide (2011)
Director: Xavier Gens
Where to get it: Anchor Bay

Prepare yourself for the unrated movie experience that critics are calling one of the most graphic and extreme end-of-the-world shockers of our time: As nuclear warheads rain down on Manhattan, nine strangers – Lauren German (Hostel: Part II), Michael Biehn (Aliens, Tombstone), Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”), Courtney B. Vance (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), Ivan Gonzalez, Michael Eklund (Hunt To Kill), Ashton Holmes (“Revenge”) and Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) – barricade themselves in their apartment building’s bunker-like basement controlled by the unhinged superintendent. But within days, supplies dwindle, tempers flare and the trapped survivors find themselves overcome by treachery, madness, sexual torment and savage violence. What follows is intense. It is raw. And it is all brutally, horrifyingly real. This is THE DIVIDE.

The Divide may have just popped up under the radar for a lot of people this year, but it’s an early favorite for a Top 10 film of the year. Set in the bleak setting of a world being destroyed by war, the movie kicks off on a high note and never looks back. The film starts in chaos of an apparent terrorist attack, as we watch a small group of people manage to take shelter in their land lord’s home made bomb shelter. From that point it’s a matter of everyone going stir crazy and being their own worst enemy. They also have to deal with the risk of chemical consequences from the nukes, as well as an army outside the door that doesn’t seem to want them to be alive. Mix in some very interesting and often changing character development and you have yourself one of the year’s best.

I don’t know if I’d call what we see in this film “fun”. It’s not really a laughing around or fun flick. But it’s a damn good movie that packs tension, drama, and a very edge of your seat ending that I think will leave most who see it well satisfied in the way it plays out and the symbolic ways of which the film closes out.  I don’t know why I had never heard of this film until just a week or so ago, but now that I’ve seen it I am very happy I did. And if you are making the mistake of letting this one slip under the cracks of your film watching, then by all means seek it out and give it a go. I think you’ll be happy you did, because this really is about as well as it gets in making an interesting, well crafted and well acted film.


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Chuck Conry

Chuck Conry has been doing this for ten years! He does reviews, podcasts, and makes indie movies. The jury may still be out on if he does any of those things well.