Here's your obvious statement of the day: The "end of the world" is never a pretty thing, be it brought on by a zombie epidemic (a la The Walking Dead) or some unspecified horrific event that has left the Earth in ruins (see: The Road). However, the aftermath is often even uglier for the the survivors in most post-apocalyptic tales.
The Divide - a new end-of-the-world drama from director Xavier Gens (Hitman) - takes a similar stance on what life is like, following some terrible incident that wipes out most of the world's population. Judging by the film's trailer, Gens aims to offer just as freakishly devastating and gritty a vision of the end of days as anyone else has managed.
While The Divide features familiar faces like Michael Biehn (The Terminator), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), and Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction), it appears to be foremost a concept-driven film about the turmoil endured by a group of everyday people. So look for all the cast members to be put through the nerve-wracking motions before the end credits start to roll.
For more on that, check out the official synopsis for The Divide:
In this graphic and violent, post-apocalyptic thriller, 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.
Now - with that in mind - watch all-but-NSFW trailer for The Divide below:
While a lot of people seem to dislike Gens' Hitman movie with a passion, there's no denying that The Divide looks like it could be effectively disturbing and grim. There's an interesting mix of imagery both haunting and jarring on display here, suggesting the film could be a creepy exercise in raw physical (and psychological) horror. It's kind of surprising to learn that this wasn't simply branded a red-band preview, what with visuals of people splattered with blood, trying to slice one another up with jagged razors - or a psychotic man lighting himself on fire.
However, there's also the matter as to whether or not The Divide will cross that fine line between appropriately disturbing and just exploitative in its efforts to be dark and edgy. Gens' resume - which includes Hitman and the horror B-movie, Frontier(s) - doesn't exactly inspire a whole lot of confidence, as far as the potential quality of The Divide goes. Neither, for that matter, does the film's early year release date.
We'll find out for certain if Gens delivers the goods when The Divide hits U.S. theaters on January 13th, 2012.
Source: Yahoo! Movies