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The Divide Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

Multiplied by zero, still equals zero. Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Gross) Read full review

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  • 2.0
    28

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Relentlessly unpleasant and nihilistic in its approach and execution, The Divide is best appreciated as a virtual instruction manual on how not to behave during a crisis.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Grim, unpleasant, gruesome nuclear holocaust thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Divide is an unpleasant, incredibly gruesome nuclear holocaust movie in which survivors slowly turn on one another and sink into degradation. It's filled with blood, gore, humiliation, torture, beatings, and a constant sense of fear and dread. A consensual sexual relationship between adults eventually turns into sexual slavery, followed by rape. Language is also very strong and frequent, with constant use of words like "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y," and characters occasionally smoke and drink. For those interested in the nuclear holocaust genre, something like The Road would be better worth your time.

  • Families can talk about The Divide's brutal, gruesome violence. Is it necessary to the story? How else could this movie have made its point?
  • Is there any glimmer of hope in this story? Is it possible for kindness and empathy to win the day over savagery?
  • Eva is arguably the most likable character here; do you consider her a role model?
  • How does the movie portray sex? What message does that send to viewers?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: In this very grim, hopeless movie, all human relations fall apart after a disaster, with virtually every character betraying, killing, or brutalizing someone else.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main female character, Eva, shows some civility, kindness, and empathy through most of the movie, but even she eventually succumbs to degradation.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: In addition to beatings, shootings, dead bodies, gurgling blood, and gore, The Divide has rape, torture, humiliation, severed fingers, and the chopping up of decaying bodies. A little girl is kidnapped; children are also seen shaved and experimented upon and stuck in hibernation chambers. There's a sense of fear and dread around nuclear fallout; the characters grow sicker and more horrific looking as the movie goes on. And the tone of all this is realistic, mean, and hopeless, rather than thrilling in any way.

  • sex false5

    Sex: At first a female character willingly engages in sex with a male character, but their relationship soon degrades into violence (sexual and physical). There's also some innuendo and "girlie pictures" pinned to the walls of the basement.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant very strong language includes multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y," plus fewer uses of "ass," "a--hole," "c--k," "goddamn," "c--t," and "faggot."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A main character smokes cigars. Other characters occasionally smoke cigarettes and take swigs from bottles of booze (whisky?).

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