The Divide (film)

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The Divide
The Divide Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byXavier Gens
Produced byRoss M. Dinerstein
Darryn Welch
Nathaniel Rollo
Written byKarl Mueller
Eron Sheean
Starring
Music byJean-Pierre Taieb
CinematographyLaurent Barès
Editing byCarlo Rizzo
StudioPreferred Content
Instinctive Film
Julijette Inc
Distributed byAnchor Bay Films
Release dates
  • March 13, 2011 (2011-03-13) (SXSW)
  • January 13, 2012 (2012-01-13) (United States)
  • April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20) (United Kingdom)
Running time122 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Budget$3,000,000
Box office$130,839[1]
 
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The Divide
The Divide Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byXavier Gens
Produced byRoss M. Dinerstein
Darryn Welch
Nathaniel Rollo
Written byKarl Mueller
Eron Sheean
Starring
Music byJean-Pierre Taieb
CinematographyLaurent Barès
Editing byCarlo Rizzo
StudioPreferred Content
Instinctive Film
Julijette Inc
Distributed byAnchor Bay Films
Release dates
  • March 13, 2011 (2011-03-13) (SXSW)
  • January 13, 2012 (2012-01-13) (United States)
  • April 20, 2012 (2012-04-20) (United Kingdom)
Running time122 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Budget$3,000,000
Box office$130,839[1]

The Divide is a post-apocalyptic horror film[2] directed by Xavier Gens[3] and written by Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean.[4] It stars Michael Biehn, Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia and Rosanna Arquette[5] and was released in theaters in the United States on January 13, 2012.[6] It was released on DVD in the United States on April 17, 2012.

Plot[edit]

As nuclear explosions ravage New York City, the apartment block residents rush downstairs to escape the building, only to be forced into the basement by further explosions. Only eight of the residents—Eva and her boyfriend Sam, Josh and his brother Adrien, Josh's friend Bobby, Marilyn and her daughter Wendi, and Devlin—manage to force their way into the building's bomb shelter before the superintendent (Mickey) seals the door. The group acclimatises to the cramped surroundings whilst Mickey asserts his dominance over the shelter and its denizens, much to the chagrin of Josh, Bobby and Devlin. After time passes the shelter's door is broken open and the shelter is invaded by armed soldiers in white NBC combat suits. The men's speech is unintelligible and their allegiance remains ambiguous. The men attack the group and seize Wendi, leaving the shelter with her. Devlin and Mickey manage to kill three of the men and Mickey takes a rifle, but Adrien is wounded during the fight. Josh volunteers to use one of the dead soldier's suits to leave the shelter and search for Wendi.

Outside the shelter, Josh finds the area entirely sealed off by plastic sheet tunnels connected to a laboratory. Josh's outfit allows him to explore the lab where he discovers several unconscious children—including Wendi—in stasis units; their hair shaved off and their eyes bandaged. One of the soldiers checks the ID on Josh's suit and, realising he is an imposter, tears out his breathing apparatus, exposing Josh to the air. Josh flees back to the shelter, killing two of the soldiers on the way. After Josh returns the soldiers weld the door shut from the outside, trapping all within. Time passes; Josh begins to suffer the effects of his exposure and admits to Adrien that he only went outside to find rescue for Adrien and himself. Eva, in a fractured relationship with the meek Sam, grows closer to Adrien. Bobby volunteers to hack up the bodies of the dead soldiers so their decaying remains can be thrown into the toilet septic tank. Devlin grows suspicious that Mickey is hoarding resources. Marilyn, having been told by Josh that her child is dead, enters into a sexual relationship with Bobby.

Marilyn attempts to convince Eva to sleep with Josh, warning her that the men will want sex. The group grows increasingly angry with Mickey as resources grow scarce, culminating when Devlin discovers Mickey's locked safe room and threatens him with a taser to open it. A scuffle ensues and Mickey shoots Devlin dead with the machine gun. The group do not believe Mickey's argument of self-defense and an increasingly ill Josh and an increasingly deranged Bobby torture him to gain the code to the safe room. Eva throws the machine gun into the toilet to stop Josh from using it. Seizing authority, Josh and Bobby are physically and sexually abusive of Marilyn, to which she agrees. Josh makes it clear that he wants Eva, and Sam is unable to stand up for her. Eva and Sam try to protect Marilyn from Josh and Bobby, but are unable to. While Eva is tasked with watching Mickey, Mickey reveals that there is a gun hidden in his safe room.

Josh and Bobby force Eva to hack up Devlin's corpse when Sam cannot, leaving Eva distraught. Josh and Bobby, both losing their hair to radiation sickness, shave their heads. Mickey informs Eva that there is another way out of the shelter, through the septic tank to the sewer. Eva tries to retrieve the gun, but cannot get past the pair. Eva finds Marilyn's corpse, with signs of having been abused to death by Josh and Bobby. Eva notices her hair is falling out too and realizes that the shelter is not protecting them completely from the radiation outside. Eva sends Sam to retrieve the gun while she cuts the power to distract Bobby and lures Josh away with the promise of sex. Josh grows suspicious and tries to rape Eva, but she fights him off with help from Adrien. Sam retrieves the gun, but as Bobby, Josh, Eva and Adrien yell instructions at him, Sam shoots and kills Adrien. Josh brutally beats Sam. Bobby turns on Josh and is about to shoot him when Eva cuts his throat with a tin can lid. Eva frees Mickey, who shoots Josh. A dying Josh smashes an oil lamp, setting himself alight and causing a fire in the shelter. While Sam and Mickey attempt to put out the blaze, Eva chooses to escape. She recovers the NBC suit and locks herself in the safe room, leaving Mickey and Sam trapped in the burning shelter.

Breaking through the toilet into the septic tank below, Eva drops into the tank and finds a ladder to the street. She emerges into the remains of the city and stares blankly at the total devastation.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film is based on a script by the screenwriting duo of Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean.[7] Director Xavier Gens cast Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette in leading roles for the film.[8] The film was shot in the Millennium Centre and the Manitoba Production Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[9]

Release[edit]

The Divide was released theatrical by Content Films.[10] After its premiere at Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival,[11] the U.S. rights were quickly picked up by Anchor Bay.[12]

Reception[edit]

As of April 17, 2012, the film has a 22% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 3.9/10.[13]

Soundtrack[edit]

The score was composed by guitarist and music producer Jean-Pierre Taieb.[14]

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