The Divide

2 h 2 min2012X-RayR
Starring Courtney B. Vance. Survivors of a nuclear attack endure days in a basement, only to be driven mad by dwindling supplies and fear of what lies outside their bunker.
Xavier Gens
Courtney B VanceLauren GermanMilo Ventimiglia
English [CC]
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Michael BiehnMichael EcklundRosanna Arquette
Ross M. DinersteinJuliette HagopianNathaniel RolloDarryn Welch
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DJWReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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One of the worst movies that I have ever seen. Mindless and without a coherent plot. It seems like a study in the darkest side of humanity but without any intelligent questions and/or answers. Don't waste your time with this one.
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SjhReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Please God no sequel. There can be no other "divide"
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I don't even know where to begin- this was a jaw dropping, intense, hard to watch , thriller ride. From the moment the bombs fell
till the very very end, I could not turn away. The reality is that we have such a world wide crisis with a mad man in control of our very lives, well, this movie becomes more and more terrifying. It's almost like 'when, not 'if, anymore...
The character of Mickey ... In the beginning I thought was a bit cheesy and over the top. Cigar chomping and gruff , stereotypical. Seemed to be a completely one dimensional character. But , after the movie ended, what he did with the remaining male character when he knew they were going to die, stayed with me. It was a compassionate moment and choked me up. The point remains too, that, no matter what else, Mickey built that bomb shelter for way more than just him, and told the tenants about it. So he did something for these folks that allowed them to live awhile longer. But, I gotta say, I would rather have died in the initial blast. ..
During the whole mivie, I actually thought that was Li v Tyler!. I wondered when they would tell us what made her "twisted" as it turns out she was a drug addict saved on the streets by Sam. What was josh's half brother's issues? I just have missed it.
Bobbys character was twisted deep, and so complex it was a beauty to watch. The camaraderie that developed between him and Josh was a symphony. It seemed almost as if the table scenes (truth or dare) were so seamless that they were we ad libbed.I literally FELT the emotion. Bobby and Josh together was an unholy union.. When Josh is buzzing off Bobbys hair, watch Bobby face. The sadness and despair emanate from his very soul, and his eyes... Oh those eyes.. They are what , 24 hours after watching this movie, I can't get out of my head.
Roseanne Arquette? What can I say? Her performance , starting when her child is dragged away til her death, was mesmerizing stuff. She tells us how's she's going to change because She told us. " she was the only good in me " ( I'm paraphrasing here). The cries and wails that escape from her mouth are so full of anguish, so viseral, .. She BECAME her charachter, and I would have given her the Emmy, no doubt in my mind.. Ms. Arquette, my hat is off to you. You made me cry big ugly tears.
Every one in the flick was very good. But the ones I mentioned, IMHO, we're amazing wonderful, awe inspiring. The movie needs to be re released. It's that good.I
Milo, /Josh. Thank you for your extraordinary portrayal.
I won't soon forget this movie. I'm no movie critic for sure, but I'll tell you what. Once you watch this movie it won't go away. Be prepared for that.
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G. BucknerReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
I'm sorry tons of bad reviews but this movie was awesome
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I'm sorry tons of bad reviews but this movie was awesome. The acting of the characters as they basically go insane is incredible.
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AvidConsumerReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dark, twisted look at what humans can become.
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This one was tough to watch but in a good sort of way? And had several twists and turns that was unexpected. If you want to see a apocalypse movie that is full of the morbid, desolate, and hopeless nature of such an event, then this a movie for you. No happy ending or savior devices here. It's a twisted, dark, and frightening look into what some people become when the world turns upside down.

It opens with a massive nuclear strike on a major city and the residents of this giant apartment building doing all they can to get somewhere safe. The land lord has a private bunker and the basement, but some of his tenants manage to force their way in before the building crumbles around them. There are some plot pieces that are left unanswered which was kind of annoying.. but they aren't what the movie is all about.

If you are one of those people who can't stand a movie without closure - or if you are an emotionally sensitive sort, then you better skip this. Think SAW but without the gore or serial killer.
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Akice69Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Disturbing, yet Thoughtful
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I have to admit something up front: if it hadn’t been for a particular name advertised in this film, I may very well have skipped it altogether. But I wanted to see actress Lauren German in another movie, since I only know her as ‘Beth’ from the ‘Hostel II’ movie. She almost looks too pretty to be believed, so she’s sure to have lots of job offers coming to her through the years. She’s certainly on my ‘names-to-watch-for’ list, and that’s why I decided to see this.
Parts of this film I found disturbing, yet by the end I felt it was good. Some of the scenes are pretty graphic, so if watching otherwise normal people turn into savage monsters (I’m exaggerating here, but not by much) bothers you then this flick isn’t for you. But the movie is good because it made me think: ‘If I had been in a situation like this, would I have done anything different?’ And of course I want to say yes, but upon deeper thought it’s really not that simple. The two guys who ‘shack up’ with Marilyn were in great shape, but there is definitely a change that they go through and at times it made my hair stand on end. I could never be that physical in life - and yet we can’t help but notice fine forms when we see them.
Another familiar name to me is Rosanna Arquette (the other, not-so-modest female character in the story; she played Marilyn). I haven’t seen many of her films, but back in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s this actress was, like, everywhere. It was good to see that she continues to take care of herself; she’s still able to play a sultry vixen with confidence, and she still looks great. So, kudos to her as well.
Good, solid flick for a bit of nail-biting and hair-raising... just be prepared to have a strong stomach when you watch it. Some parts might have you jumping into some unseen dark corner of the room.
Frank BaranskyReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here"
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If you've felt cheated by the paltry amount of psychological abuse, violence and hopelessness in other post-apocalyptic/"Halloween" movies, then this one's for you. Watching "Divide" you can simply "enjoy" the pulp fiction visual of the film---- or (as the director intends) you can endure the troubling images that unfold. You'd have to admit that given the circumstances of the story and evidence that at least half of the trapped occupants in this hell's basement probably spent time either in "the big house" or on a therapist's couch, the disturbing scenes were not really gratuitous. You know you're in for a rough ride when within a few minutes of the movie's start, the "invaders" break into the shelter and haul away a screaming child---after they stick a gigantic needle in her blood-spurting neck and toss her into a big ziploc bag (North Koreans, we later learn, harvesting body parts). It only gets worse from there. But the most chilling scenes are not the most grizzly. Instead there are unnerving portraits of human morality unhinged. Why bother with morality if the only exit in this hell is through death? And indeed even the ending challenges the viewer to consider that survival is not a chivalrous cause, but a pointless instinct. The closing scene is really where conversation on the movie's disturbing storyline should begin, because as we know, identical behavior already happens everyday in our pre-apocalyptic culture---it doesn't take nuclear war to bring out the worst in human nature. Yes, there are moments of mutual support in "Divide", but these are eventually confounded. I think the reason some reviewers below hated the movie is not only because of its shortcomings (others have taken time to point them out), but also because it's such an apologetic for nihilism----where life is worth NOTHING and has NO meaning. Have to say I strongly disagree with that philosophy, but with that said and noting its discrepensies, I still found "Divide" was successful in bringing into sharp focus in a microcosm the apocalypse already being acted out in our culture of death.
satisfiedcustomerReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I wouldn't be surprised that the concept for this movie was inspired by Donald Fagen's post- nuke hit song. If my assumptions are correct, there’s just no way that the pun implied in the fact that this is the same guy who did Frontier(s) is accidental.

There's something I didn't like about the ending. Something smelly about it. Of course, not the "gender politics" hinting at "toxic masculinity." Well, of course, maybe the neutralized toxic masculinity of Courtney V. Vance's character, who did not age as bad as his living shipmates at the same time, or the first ones who, by venturing into the literal hellhole where most of the action takes place, got it before he did.

However, despite it being probably too advanced for me, I want to think of the rest of the movie as probably one of the most excruciatingly heartbreaking tales of hospitality breach and ingratitude.

Michael Biehn did an excellent job in what would arguably be defined as a reprise of Kyle Reese; the role he will forever be remembered for. Actually, the rest of the cast really threw all they got onto the grill.

Especially Rossana Arquette. Believe it or not, this is the same one who got her very own theme song by Toto. Probably the most difficult role in the movie and her entire career...

Enjoyed inasmuch as these movies may be enjoyed. In other words, it made me real miserable and no more keen on my fellow species members than I was before I made the choice to watch it. What else could the point have been?

... it really stresses the end of humanity end of the end of humanity genre...

In the tradition of Threads (1984), but nowhere near as good...
SeenTooManyMoviesReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disturbing film that has little to no entertainment value
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While the overall premise of this film isn't bad, I get tired of seeing people view humanity in such negative ways. The "good guys" in the movie are either killed off early, or are the weaklings of the group. Whereas the "bad guys" are of course the strongest members who take over and abuse everyone else. Not all bad people are strong and not all good people are weak, but hey, without that portrayal they would have no movie at all... This film will push your buttons and make you uncomfortable.. if that's what you are looking for with your free time, it's perfect.
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