Movie Title: The Divide
Director: Xavier Gens
Date Released: March 13th, 2011 (SXSW Film Festival)
Date Seen: May 5th, 2013
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
A complete waste of time – the movie begins with a decent explosion scene, but then gives us the most unlikeable characters in almost any movie ever to contend with. They are so hateable that within 10 minutes I already wanted all of them but a couple to die, and by 20 minutes I had to turn the movie off because I didn’t care what happened to these people. I even got to a little twist, or really just, I finally got to where the actual plot started – but it was too late. I already hated everyone so much that I just didn’t care to try and wait and see what happened. That’s bad, when your main weird selling point the movie starts to happen and even that can’t keep a viewer engaged.
Now, normally I like these type of psychological movies, but not when EVERYONE is SO unlikeable, whiny, and idiotic. They make some of the stupidest decisions and say the dumbest things in just their first couple of days, that I can’t even imagine what happens when they actually start to go crazy. It’s just a big fat waste of time and so PLEASE skip this movie. If you want a very nice psychological film, go watch “The Exam” instead. It’s so good.
Part 2 – In-Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
There’s an overview synopsis here.
The very first scene everyone goes to the basement, and is huddled down there, randomly in definitely not safe at all places…. but there’s a couch… in the basement… and no one is sitting on it. No one. That makes no sense, if they are all going to be in stupid places anyway. The woman that has the child is a little scared of the dark pussy… screw bombs….. and gets made at “Uncle Mickey” for telling her daughter the truth about what’s going on outside. Dear god this woman better die soon…. then her kid whines about being hungry. Oh my god. I WILL SLAP THAT CHILD. She’s old enough to know to stfu right now, while the grownups try to figure out if everyone outside is dead or not…. oh wait, now she’s whining about the guy smoking…. “hey, I know you kept us safe and all, and fed us, etc., but if you could not smoke, that’d be great…” Now, you might think I’m overreacting, but all this happens in the first 10 minutes of the movie… and 2 of them were the opening credits, and about one was the actual explosion. So. Oh. My. God.
Later, in about 16 minutes in, while the little brat whines about how she wants to go home, it shows one of the guys wasting time by riding a stationary bike. Way to go dude, waste energy in a limited food environment… that’s smart. Not. Then everyone starts bitching at the guy, Mickey, 1. saved their asses, 2. let them into his basement, 3. gave them food, 4. has given them light, beds, etc., and whine at him for only having beans to eat. Then keep bitching at him for being a dick and not respecting the fact that they just lost everything and that they’re not living in a shit hole…. He slaps the main guy, shuts him up, the whiny mom then makes a passive aggressive bitch joke about getting rid of the cigar again. Ugh.
By now I was turning off the movie as the people blasted in and took the little brat, but it was too late. I already hated everyone and was glad they took her. I didn’t want to have to listen to all them whine anymore, especially not the annoying mom now so it lost me, and I turned it off. That’s not good, that even after your weird little twist, you still can’t keep people interested. Fail.
Perhaps if you can get past the exceedingly unlikeable characters and get to the actual psychological stuff, rather than just the idiocracy the first few days, it might be better. But, it made me hate everyone from the get go and didn’t get me sucked into the weird stuff fast enough, and thus did not care. Definitely skip, unless you’re masochistic.