“Like “Lord Of The Flies,” except more rapey.”
Xavier Gens‘ “The Divide” begins with a mysterious attack on an American city. I think it was New York, but it’s actually not that relevant in that Gens is less interested in making any sort of political statement than he is with putting together eight people from different worlds together, and watching as they combust.
And speaking of which, all you see of the attack are its beginning – with fireballs raining from the sky – and the end. The rest of the time is spent in some desperate and increasingly ugly, circumstances, as the eight – who could be the last people in the country – try to survive.
In fact, it’s reminiscent of a well-done prison film, except that no one has done anything to warrant being there, other than living. And if you weren’t already aware, people do all sorts of mean, ugly things to each other when they feel threatened, afraid or trapped.
William Golding’s “Lord Of The Flies” is also an apt comparison because Gens seems have similar goals, one of which is to see people at their very worst (as well as more rapey).
He’s almost the anti-Emmerich (as in Roland Emmerich, director of “Stargate,” “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “White House Down,” among others) in that the only explosions that matter to him are those that happen between people, as opposed to The White House.
“The Divide” isn’t an easy movie to watch, but you’ll find yourself doing so anyway because it’s fascinating, well-acted, though very, very dark.