The Divide

January 13th 2012
  • Sci-Fi/Thriller,
  • Unrated,
  • 110 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance, Ivan Gonzalez, Michael Eklund, Abbey Thickson, Ashton Holmes, Rosanna Arquette, Jennifer Blanc
  • Director: Xavier Gens
  • Writers: Karl Mueller, Eron Sheean
  • Producers: Ross M. Dinerstein, Juliette Hagopian, Nathaniel Rollo, Darryn Welch
  • Co Producer: Eron Sheean
  • Associate Producers: Jenny Napier, Loreen Siemes
  • Executive Producers: Jamie Carmichael, Rodolphe Guglielmi, Michael Horn, Kevin Iwashina, Kyle Dean Jackson, Rick Lashbrook, Chris Ouwinga, Benjamin Schwartz, Bobby Schwartz, Shail Shah
  • Art Direction: Gordon Wilding
  • Casting: Lindsey Hayes Kroeger
  • Costume Design: Mary Hyde-Kerr
  • D.O.P.: Laurent Barès
  • Editor: Carlo Rizzo
  • Makeup: Steven Kostanski
  • Music: Jean-Pierre Taieb
  • Production Design: Tony Noble


In this graphic and violent, post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers-all tenants of a New York high rise apartment—-escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building's bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment.

As supplies dwindle, and tensions flare, and they grow increasingly unhinged by their close quarters and hopelessness, each act against one another becomes more depraved than the next. While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Winnipeg, Canada
  • MPAA Warning: Disturbing strong violence and sexuality, and for pervasive language
  • Production Companies: Instinctive Film, Preferred Content, BR Group, Ink Connection, Julijette
  • Production Schedule: 11 May 2010 - 18 June 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "French filmmaker Xavier Gens arrived on the filmmaking scene in 2007 with "Frontier(s)" and the video game adaptation "Hitman". While the latter yielded a decent little profit, neither film was particularly well received.

Five years on he returns with this graphically violent low-budget post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror tale about a group of apartment tenants who take refuge in the building's fallout shelter style basement during a devastating attack. As time passes in the confined space and supplies dwindle, cabin fever sets in as the various group members begin to turn on each other in increasingly brutal and gory ways.

The actors reportedly followed a strict diet so you watch their characters physically waste away as the film progresses. Throw in contaminated air which makes the characters sicker (and balder); stock stereotypes including Biehn's racist firefighter, Ventimiglia's combative gay man, and Arquette's single mother; plus a bunch of guys in Hazmat suits with unclear motives randomly showing up and you've got the ingredients for a solid little survival tale.

After premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, U.S. rights were quickly picked up by Anchor Bay. Reviews were solid but warned this is very dark and intense stuff not for the weak stomached."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 16 May 2012: Belgium
  • 17 May 2012: Netherlands