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The Divide [DVD]
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When a cataclysmic explosion devastates New York, eight strangers take refuge in the basement of their apartment building, a converted fallout shelter. The shelter suddenly comes under attack by men in hazmat suits forcing the strangers to join forces in a desperate bid to take on the new enemy.
Amid the chaos there is no real understanding of what these hazmats are looking for and what drives them to be so merciless. Their sanctuary becomes a living hell where the survivors must use their wits to save themselves from becoming victims of the pack in a thrilling, action-packed finale.
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The premise is that, as nuclear bombs fall on New York, eight strangers find themselves in a makeshift shelter in the basement. As the weeks and months drift by, and food becomes more scarce, madness and radiation sickness set in.
There are parts of this movie that I loved; the slow classical music over the scenes of frustration and anger; the structure of the whole story is pretty amazing, and the way that the group polarises to two extremes over time is fantastic. With the exception of the beginning and end, there is not much cgi, but that just makes for a more claustrophobic film.
However, there is a "but"... My biggest problem withis movie is the dialogue. It feels like there were two writers - one who was very good, and another who was just of writing school. The setup to each scene was great, but then when the characters interacted it felt really clunky. The dialogue was REALLY ropey in places and almost hindered the story.
In summary, not everyone will love this. If I am honest, the script needs a really good polish, but if you like your films in the "descent in madness" genre (and I do), then you will probably get a lot of this.
Whenever I see a bomb shelter movie, I always think about this "Twilight Zone" episode. It is the one where there is limited room in a bomb shelter as a Civil Defense announcement is made. The neighbors turn violent. Likewise in this film, it is the examination of people's character. Plot continuity is unimportant to the film. As a side note, notice the importance of plastic sheeting and duct tape during a terrorist attack.
The action starts from the opening clip. No time for character build-up. The reason why there is no character build-up is that the people represent different aspects of society/human psyche. Mickey, (Michael Biehn) the super of a NYC apartment building has made a shelter in the basement...for himself. He ends up with a group of tenets which he resents and they likewise despise his cigar smoking rough ways. While he is hard-nosed, he looks out for everyone's safety. He won't win any congeniality contests.
The tenets get on each others nerves. Some question Mickey's sanity. Things turn weird as there are outsiders of unknown origin. The film contains some realistic and horrific scenes of killing, torture, dismemberment, menstruation blood, and rape. It examines our core psyche and how it relates to our society: The desire for power and control among men, the competition of age and youth in women for suitors, and the many uses of duct tape. The bunker is a microcosm of society that starts out on equal footing and evolves into a "haves" vs. "have nots". There is a struggle for their world's finite resources...which on a larger scale has happened outside the basement.
F-bomb, sex, explicit sex talk, no nudity. As a metaphor 5 stars. As a sci-fi snuff film 2 stars.
The story (some SPOILERS here) New York comes under attack - its not entirely clear but the protagonists believe its a Nuclear attack and there is evidence later in the film to support this buts its not clear who from. 8 people from an apartment block make it into the Janitors make shift bomb shelter in the basement. The janitor starts of as a bit of a hardman who didn't want the unwelcome guests. As the film progresses it become clear that he was a firefighter in 9/11 and may have lost his girlfrined/wife in the attack.
The other guest are two brothers a couple and a mother and daughter, as well as a single woman. The janitor won't let anyone leave because he's worried about fallout - everyone else starts to resent his approach. They then hear knocking on the door and a squad of biohazard suited soldiers break in - they snatch the girl and then start to try and execute the remainder who fight back killing two of them. The squad leave. The group decide that one of them should use the bio suit to look outside to find out whats going on.Read more ›
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I thoroughly agree with others that gave this 5 stars.
This despite its format is incredibly original and accurately nasty. Read more
The DVD cover is misleading. This film, I mean 99.99% of it, is about a bunch on no hopers arguing in a basement. Seriously - that's it - all of it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lloyd T
I watched this originally and a 'B Movie Night' and was wondering why on earth this wasn't in the cinemas. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nathan
movie is pretty good but people seems to hate it because its depressing and dark and depraved. I mean what do you expect from a film about relationship breakdown between people... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Butcher Pete
All about nuclear war after the fall out! A violent film but very good'Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is A jet black Horror that shows A Small group of Survivors slowly break down into Madness then Beyond,while in a shelter that protects them from A Nuclear strike. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff