The Divide

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Post by jonbly » Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:35 pm

8/10 - Pretty good. Nice to see Michael Biehn finally getting a decent movie to work with - and everyone played their parts well, in fact. jonbly would have gone with a slightly more optimistic ending, perhaps...

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Re: The Divide

Post by The Soapmaker » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:41 pm

This started out well enough, but I thought the descent into madness and in-fighting (not to mention overacting) in the second half of the film was utterly predictable and totally tedious. That bloody scene with Rosanna Arquette smearing lipstick all over her face...... YAWN.

Nice closing scene though.

Xavier Gens is a skilled director, no doubt about it. But he needs a script better than this cack.

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Post by Wolfshade » Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:37 pm

I really loved this, so brutal and bleak. I thought the ending was perfect, a happy ending really wouldn't have suited the film at all.

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Post by TheDukeAbides » Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:58 pm

They dropped the 'child experimentation' and 'external threat' very quickly, to the point of it being pointless being there, but I suppose this was about how people act in trapped situations and to that end I felt it could and even should have been even bleaker.

A bit too average for me, though it looked good and was well enough structured and played out.

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Post by Maniacal » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:59 pm

I found this to be truely engaging throughout, mostly. I'll have to forget about the oddness of the bald guy in the dress and the weak jealous french man. A lot of people around me seemed to be disgruntled when the lead woman left Biehns character and her partner. Why? Shes just witness the brutal rape of a woman and total immoral actions of the men around her, I say good on her.
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Re: The Divide

Post by nagelfar » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:14 am

Again, pleasently surprised, missed the first 5min which was a shame but enjoyed the rest. Just disappointed, that the dropped that whole outside/soldiers/children thing so quickly, that could have been fleshed out a little more.

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Re: The Divide

Post by Reanimator » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:54 pm

The best film of the festival for me - was captivated from beginning to end. Cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Re: The Divide

Post by lupogirl » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:02 pm

Enjoyed the apocalyptic side of this film. Did get annoyed one of the characters aimed a weapon at a corpse and not one of nasty men. The human torch scene was just stunning. The film did not get under my skin as much as I thought it would.
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Re: The Divide

Post by Alex J » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:50 pm

Some may find this predictable and unoriginal, but I really liked this one as the characters and story descended deeper into hell. Some disturbing scenes as the true colours of the characters were revealed and basic desires took over. Found the film packed an emotional punch too. 8.5 / 10
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Post by jrp1349 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:14 pm

Excellent film, which owed more to Frontiere(s) than his previous film Hitman. Very well made, and the slow descent into in fighting and madness was harsh and brutal. Plus the nastiest death involving a baked bean tin can lid. The sort of film you always start your sunday morning with!

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Re: The Divide

Post by itchysore » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:30 am

Really liked this, great acting and well executed. Glad they didn't explain what was going on above ground too much.

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Post by daveroughcut » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:13 pm

Nasty despicable people do nasty despicable things to each other in te most pessimistic and bleak situation on Earth. I. Loved. Every. Frame.

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Post by MaxRenn » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:55 pm

The fourth world war will be fought with... Baked bean cans!

I did really appreciate this one for sheet bloody minded nastiness
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Re: The Divide

Post by streetrw » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:31 am

Generally quite liked it but it too frequently opts for aggressive and unattractive people shouting at each other. And it's a bit too long.

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Re: The Divide

Post by Stephen with ph » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:35 pm

It was certainly well made and well played. My major reservation was that it was utterly predictable.

I'm certainly not one of these jaded Festers who seem to condemn everything they see with a weary "seen it all before" sigh - but I must admit that, mere minutes into the opening scene (I missed the pre-credits sequence, I'm afraid), I was thinking to myself: -
a) they're going to be in this room for the entire movie
b) the normal rules of civilised society are going to break down, until they all turn on each other in an escalating cycle of unpleasantness
c) if we're lucky, the pretty girl may survive
d) we're all going to learn a valuable, if depressing, lesson about man's inhumanity to man.

Seriously - did any of you not know EXACTLY how it was going to pan out?

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