The Divide review

Nuclear survivors go a bit 'Lord Of The Flies'

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When an unnamed apocalypse strikes, the residents of Lauren German’s tower block take refuge in janitor Michael Biehn’s basement bomb shelter.

Problem is, he’s crazy, and soon everyone else is too – shaving their heads, attacking each other and generally turning a bit Mad Max 2 .

Mixing vague sci-fi with hardcore horror, beautiful cinematography with ugly nihilism, Xavier Gens’ ( Frontier(s) ) impressively grim film has points to make about post-9/11 militarism, but you get the sense that humanity disgusts him so much he’d rather leave his characters to the roaches.

By the end, you may agree.

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Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.