The Divide, with Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn (Puncture, Aliens), Courtney B. Vance, Ashton Holmes, Rosanna Arquette, Ivan Gonzalaz, Michael Eklund. Xavier Gens, Director. Post-apocalyptic dramas are sort of a standby now, as common (through the past decades) as the wheel. I still like them, as long as they’re moderately entertaining in some way, shape or form. They make me feel warm & satisfied for some reason. I’m not sure why.
Our characters, after a manic beginning with nuclear missiles hitting a metropolis, find themselves in the nethermost part of an apartment building; the building manager’s (played by Biehn) digs in the basement – dark & gloomy, cluttered & dusty. Processing what has happened & wondering what to do next.
Watch for multiple character polarities & don’t jump to conclusions with innocence & corruption. There seems to be no angels, except for a child at the beginning. That’s great! A basement full of drama queens, confused & filthy, yelling at each other!
There are no substantial special effects & the movie relies on talent & the over-use thereof; to make the day. At least, that is the obvious director’s plan of action. It succeeds halfway to the mark & I was left feeling abused & tainted. Tainted? Yes; I felt as if the array of actors were left to their own devices (never a good idea) & there was nothing else to hold my interest.
Biehn was covered with dirt & scowling throughout this horrible movie & German was just too Germanic & fey, for my taste.
Ventimiglia (TV Series, American Dreams & Heroes) & Eklund were a nice “team”. Bad boy friends before the bombs dropped & even worse “inside”, they scream & screw their way through the rest of the cast. Demoralized animals with just a few drops of humanity left in them. Seems like a nice byline but the writing & direction failed in this also & the actors’ talents were left flailing in the wind.
Needless the say; the movie, because of it’s science fiction sub-genre & because of it’s ineptness relies on the old cliche’ – survival of the fittest.
I don’t recommend this movie. It’s just a failure & the casting of Biehn was an unfortunate waste of time. The director failed to deliver. One wonders if his films rely totally on the abilities of the actors & the writers, as I detected no deft direction & cleverness.
Further: I think this movie also qualifies as a zombie film. Arquette played one very nicely.