Film: The Divide

"Well, my plan was to build a fallout shelter and take it easy while my pain-in-the-ass tenants barbecued above me."
Mickey

The Divide is an apocalypse film from 2012, starring Michael Biehn and Lauren German.

New York is under attack. The tenants of an apartment building try to escape, but failing that try to get to the basement where the superintendent, Mickey, has evidently seen this coming and has built a fallout shelter. Several of the tenants make it in and are trapped in the building's sealed-off basement. The story begins.

This film provides examples of:

  • A House Divided: As stated in the movie, all groups break down into self-interest in times of scarcity.
  • Action Prologue: The movie starts directly with some sort of horrible nuclear event taking place in New York City, and the main characters trying to escape thier building and ending up in the basement.
  • After the End: Immediately afterwards.
  • Artistic License Nuclear Physics: The movie begins with a character staring directly into a nearby nuclear explosion. Said character is not blinded, nor even dazed by this, and has plenty of time to make it to a nearby fallout shelter before the shockwave hits...
  • Black Dude Dies First: Devlin (Courtney B. Vance's character) is the first to die on-screen, shot by Mickey when he discovers that Mickey had been hoarding supplies. This is if we don't count what may have happened to Marylin's daughter Wendi.
  • Break the Cutie: Marilyn on so many levels. Everybody else gets Maddened Into Misanthropy or just plain dies.
  • Closed Circle: Nobody can leave the basement because of the radiation outside. And once the soldiers weld the door to the basement shut from the outside, leaving is no longer an option.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: What Josh and Bobby do to Mickey.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Although never explicitly shown, John and Bobby's interaction with each other (especially after they have gone gone completely insane) radiates this.
  • Downer Ending: Eva may have gotten out of the bunker, but the surface is uninhabitable, she has limited supplies, and she has radiation sickness.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Many, but especially Eva.
  • Final Girl: Eva.
  • Genre Shift: Starts out as an After the End movie, moves into what seems to be Science Fiction with strange soldiers and Body Horror, then full on into Apocalypse Anarchy.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted.
  • Noble Bigot: Mickey is a complete Jerkass, loving the fact that he's lording it over the other basement's tenants, spends some time rambling racist conspiracy theories on who nuked the city and shoots Devlin when the latter discovers he's been hoarding supplies and tries unsuccessfully to pass it off as self-defence, but we late find out that he used to be a firefighter and his wife and child were killed (probably in a terrorist attack).
  • Nobody Poops: Mickey in the wheelchair. He's in there at least a few days (It's pointed out that the combination on the panic room was changed "two weeks ago", so even if they are over-estimating, it's been more than three days), however when Mickey is freed from the chair there is no hardened feces under his rear.
  • Plot Tumor: The characters and their interaction and descent crowd out any of their curiosity about what is going on outside.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: What is done to Marylin-Josh and Bobby take advantage of her catatonic shock after losing her daughter to pretty much turn her into the bunker's bicycle.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What the hell was the thing with the suit-wearing soldiers? Why did they needed Marylin's kid? What were they doing with the other children? Nothing is ever explained, and the sequence featuring them would be a borderline Big Lipped Alligator Moment if not for the fact that everything goes even further into hell once they come and go. We also never find out the reason why the city was nuked (although Mickey briefly rambles about terrorism as part of his general politically incorrect Jerkassery).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out what happens to Marilyn's daughter, or who the soldiers in biosuits were, or what they were doing.