The Divide (★★ Empire review)

DivideSquareFrom the director of infamous French torture porn Frontiere(s) comes an almost comically nasty post-apocalyptic horror, which opens with the nuclear destruction of New York and then becomes progressively more horrible, like a bitter retort to what Brian Aldiss called the ‘cosy catastrophes’ of Wyndham and Wells. Having faced Terminators and Aliens, you’d think Michael Biehn would be a good companion at the end of the world, but his character proves powerless as the other survivors (including Heroes‘ Milo Ventimiglia, Hostel II’s Lauren German, and Rosanna Arquette in full fruitcake mode) turn on each other with increasing brutality, both emotional and physical. It’s a grisly spectacle, directed with a sadistic rigour, slathered with a kind of sub-Sigur Ros music which proves as wearying as The Divide’s utter lack of faith in humanity. If you hate the world and everyone in it, especially women, this may be the film for you. ★★

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