The Divide
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In this graphic and violent, post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers-all tenants of a New York high rise apartment-escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building's bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment. As supplies dwindle, and tensions flare, and they grow increasingly unhinged by their close quarters and hopelessness, each act against one another becomes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's only point appears to be lurid delight in topping one atrocity with another."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"In the end, the pace of the film is just too sluggish to maintain our interest and, at under two hours, it feels longer."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"A clunky and ugly little film that I was more than happy to forget."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A nasty, efficient film that makes the imminent end of life on Earth seem like the judgment of a wise God."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"No one has any goals other than to be the most annoying person in the room and there's plenty of competition in that department. It's a waste of a good setup as the situation and location are well drawn."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian
"The tale quickly degenerates from a dramatically promising clash of personalities under pressure to a gratuitous display of rape, murder, torture, dismemberment, madness, ugly misogyny, naked racism and yelling."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Delivers everything that horror fans might want from a post-apocalyptic thriller - rape, self-immolation, youngster harvesting, throat-slitting, more rape - everything, that is, except a reason to care."
‑ William Goss,
"A genuinely disturbing descent into madness. You just happen to have seen it all before."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette are in the cast but not helped by a cursory screenplay."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Gens's skilful direction and the throat-grabbing performances from the cast add to the tension."
‑ Jeremy Aspinall, Radio Times
"It's a rare movie where the most likable character onscreen, and the feel-good hero of the damnable show, is none other than the hardy cockroach."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The only possible relief from director Xavier Gens' abusively bleak survivalist scenario is how implausible it is."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"A genre film that's both a little too long and a little too brutal for mainstream tastes ... a minor cult movie, beloved by a few discriminating connoisseurs of small-scale apocalyptic horror and pretty much ignored by the rest of us."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"One to avoid."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"It is all rather unremittingly grim. Like watching one of those elaborate 'Seventies social behavioral experiments designed to illustrate how crap human nature is."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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