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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In this very grim, hopeless movie, all human relations fall apart after a disaster, with virtually every character betraying, killing, or brutalizing someone else.
Positive Role Models
The main female character, Eva, shows some civility, kindness, and empathy through most of the movie, but even she eventually succumbs to degradation.
Violence & Scariness
In addition to beatings, shootings, dead bodies, gurgling blood, and gore, The Divide has rape, torture, humiliation, severed fingers, and the chopping up of decaying bodies. A little girl is kidnapped; children also are seen shaved and experimented upon and stuck in hibernation chambers. There's a sense of fear and dread around nuclear fallout; the characters grow sicker and more horrific-looking as the movie goes on. And the tone of all this is realistic, mean, and hopeless rather than thrilling in any way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
At first a female character willingly engages in sex with a male character, but their relationship soon degrades into violence (sexual and physical). There's also some innuendo and "girlie pictures" pinned to the walls of the basement.
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Constant very strong language includes multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y" plus fewer uses of "ass," "a--hole," "c--k," "goddamn," "c--t," and "faggot."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character smokes cigars. Other characters occasionally smoke cigarettes and take swigs from bottles of booze (whiskey?).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Divide is an unpleasant, incredibly gruesome nuclear holocaust movie in which survivors slowly turn on one another and sink into degradation. It's filled with blood, gore, humiliation, torture, beatings, and a constant sense of fear and dread. A consensual sexual relationship between adults eventually turns into sexual slavery, followed by rape. Language also is very strong and frequent, with constant use of words such as "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y," and characters occasionally smoke and drink. For those interested in the nuclear holocaust genre, something like The Road would be better worth your time. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Divide is both extremely dismal and extremely uncomfortable. Though nuclear holocaust movies are grim and depressing as a rule, it's certainly possible to make good movies in the genre, such as 2009's The Road. But this one aims for a dark, cutthroat tone, focusing on exploitation elements without the thrills that are usually involved.
The characters consist of a bunch of standard-issue types that are easily manipulated into conflict without much challenge or depth. Only Rosanna Arquette as a grieving mother seems to go the extra mile. Director Xavier Gens lets his camera restlessly roam the basement corridors without much else to do, and the effect is like pacing; it's tense, but in a bad way. Finally, at 122 minutes, the movie is needlessly, relentlessly, torturously long. Bottom line? Avoid this at all costs.
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