The film opens with missiles hitting the ground in New York, prompting mass panic that culminates with Mickey slamming the door of his personal fallout shelter, shutting himself inside along with a small handful of additional survivors.
As the days pass, the group contends with mutual distrust, paranoia, and the very real possibility that no one is coming to their aid, which in turn sets them on a rapid decline into dementia and savagery.
It is dark, scary and within the “what if” realms of possibility, and brought to life by a strong cast of recognisable genre actors.
The film stars Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette and Milo Ventimiglia
Written by Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean, this is one of the bleakest, most brutal portrayals imaginable of a post-apocalyptic world. Despite the claustrophobic setting of The Divide, the narrative feels fluid and the framing never becomes repetitive. Some of the most effective imagery appears late in the film and looks very stylish indeed.