The Divide, the third film from French director Xavier Gens, made its debut earlier this year at South by Southwest in Austin, TX and the reviews were pretty mixed. But that didn’t stop Anchor Bay Films from picking it up, and early next year,\ everyone who doesn’t live at film festivals will get a chance to check it out. The official trailer for the movie, which stars Michael Biehn (yes he’s still alive!), premiered earlier today at Yahoo! Movies but you can check it out below provided I know html works. Fingers crossed.
Here’s the synopsis, also from Yahoo:
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.
I didn’t check out The Divide when I was at SXSW but I’ve watched the opening scene many times and it’s a thing of beauty. I don’t know well it will transition once it becomes another “opposites trapped in a room” thriller, but I’ve got my fingers crossed. I’m always down for some good old fashioned post-apocalyptic storytelling…and frozen yogurt. They’re both equal in my world.
The Divide will get a limited theatrical run on January 13, 2012 so make sure to keep your eyes pealed for it.