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Opening of Xavier Gens' The Divide online

TheDivide.jpgI hadn't heard much about Xavier Gens' new film The Divide until now, and watching the opening sequence of the film I became very interested indeed, although it is just the set-up of the film that gives us the story of The Divide.

The set-up is simple; a huge explosion in New York forces a group of eight strangers into the basement of their building to take refuge. It just happens to be an old fallout shelter and it's filled with resources. However the group don't get along, paranoia and terror heighten the situation and we go from there.

Basically it seems that the big event at the start of the film is a means to an end, a device to get these people into the fallout shelter where the story takes place. While that's a good device and a nice set-up, once they're in, I wonder how Xavier Gens and the two writers Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean are going to make it different to other films that have tackled the same subject?

Here's the blurb for The Divide that comes from Twitch:

When a cataclysmic explosion devastates New York, eight strangers take refuge in the basement of their apartment building, a converted fallout shelter designed by their paranoid superintendent Mickey. With just three connecting rooms it's barely big enough, but with stockpiles of food and water, the group are at least safe from the horrors outside, and they settle in and attempt to fathom the catastrophe that has ended the lives of so many of their loved ones.

With twists and turns throughout, and no way of knowing who will make it out alive, THE DIVIDE is an action packed psychological thriller that combines 'Assault on Precinct 13' with 'Lord of the Flies'. To survive the end of the world, you first must survive each other...

It has an interesting cast too, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, Peter Stormare, Courtney B. Vance, and a few other recognisable names, including Jennifer Blanc, Biehn's wife.

Here's the opening sequence which does look rather good, the slow opening, the panic for shelter, and the race to the basement that just saves them. The question is what will happen next and how will it be different from most other films like this?



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