Sunday, April 1, 2012
The Divide- Xavier Gens
No time is wasted to start this. It opens with New York being destroyed as if Roland Emmerich directed a film with Lars Von Trier as the cinematographer. We now find a group of renters in the basement of their building trying not to emulate the victims of Chernobyl. That is the set up and then the next two hours you will witness their downfall. Groups are formed, minds and fingers are lost and chaos ensues in almost a surrealistic fashion.
The Divide is beautiful. It looks and sounds like what I would assume a naked beautiful angel sounds like when she is singing the most beautiful song you have ever heard in the King Diamond falsetto. I found myself hypnotized by the long epic panning shots and then pulled back to reality with a quick punch to the soul. The storytelling is thin using mostly montages that Stan Busch had nothing to do with to give some view into what is going on inside everyone's head. The effects are mostly subtle but effective with a few stand up and clench your whole body moments. The acting is pretty top notch with all of the main cast nailing their roles and pulling off the believable yet outlandish characters.
In the end The Divide will have you curled up on the floor, crying and wishing for death, but with smile.