"The lucky ones died in the blast." We're not saying that just because it's the tagline of the upcoming movie The Divide, starring Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes). We're saying it because we've seen the trailer.
Filmed in sequence and heavily improvised, this post-apocalyptic thriller (with more than a little horror thrown in) looks heavy on mood and tension and light on light. It generated interest at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) for its unrelenting portrayal of survivors of a nuclear attack trapped in a basement.
The official synopsis, posted on Yahoo, confirms that the movie is not for the faint-hearted.
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.
Michael Biehn fans, take note: if this movie has something that resembles a hero, it's supposed to be him.
The Divide is currently working the film festival circuit, and we don't know when Content Media will give it a general release. But we do know that if you see it, you'll probably be grateful to walk out of the theater alive.
You'll see what we mean. Check it out: