Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Divide

Michael Biehn has always been a better actor than he's been given credit for, and certainly deserved more successes in his career.  He shines here as a loner who has made his own bomb shelter in the basement of an apartment building in "The Divide."

Someone, we never learn who, has shot a nuclear bomb into the city and a small group of apartment dwellers manage to force their way into Biehn's shelter.  He's not a gracious host but he gives them food and shelter which is actually pretty decent given circumstances.  Unfortunately, circumstances go from bad to worse.  Soldiers come but they have no interest in rescue and after a fire fight they actually weld the iron door to the shelter shut.  Now we get some serious cabin fever going on and as food runs low you can guess that the milk of human kindness runs dry.

This is not an easy film to watch.  I'm an optimist and I like to think in the worst of times that people would work together so it hurts seeing people becoming bestial.  On the other hand the acting is good and the story never flags so its compelling viewing.

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