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The Divide

The Divide
Michael Biehn, Lauren Geman, Courtney B. Vance and Rosanna Arquette

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: January 13, 2012 Released by: Anchor Bay Films

An apocalyptic thriller brings out a primal side of humanity with very claustrophobic, graphic results.
Xavier Gens's The Divide includes a recognizable cast of Michael Biehn, Lauren German, Courtney B. Vance and Rosanna Arquette who succumb to the lowbrow entrails of a sci-fi low-budget set in an atomic-marked Manhattan.
Shaken inhabitants of an apartment building frenzy end up in the basement which has been equipped in the 9/11 aftermath as an underground bomb shelter by Biehn's imperious cigar-chomping maintenance man Mickey. A revolt has occurred amid those military types robed for contamination issues as Arquette's mother Marilyn gets separated from her petulant daughter Wendy (Abbey Thickson).
Gens (who hails from France) devises a straightforwardness from the convoluted, iterative work by his scribes gets into the vile nature of survival that isn't nearly as taut as what Ryan Reynolds did in Buried and generating tightly knit empathy from the vanity of a variety of vane folks. Who will get out if and when the radiation threat passes and what will be awaiting them? In the stress with Mickey taking control many of the residents will act inappropriately and inanely even if some will apparently try to rationalize it in their minds before doing so. It's hard to say which of the actors maintain a shred of dignity given the nihilistic squalor of the enterprise.
Rations rapidly dwindle and no sign of rescue is eminent for those as played by Vance (trying to a make some ambient connection with a two-way radio), Ashton Holmes, Milo Ventimiglia, as well as Ivan Gonzales and Michael Eklund, with Arquette enduring some of the worst scenes that definitely makes it not for the faint of heart. The Divide is an undemanding sadistic scourge of egocentricity that needed more surgery on it than some of the actors who should've known better than to have been a part something this motley and misguided

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