I Like to Keep This Handy for Close Encounters
Here’s the trailer for The Divide, which is actually one of those trailers that has just enough to make you interested, but doesn’t give anything away. Always refreshing when that happens. It’s directed by Xavier Gans, who I have decidedly mixed feelings on. He’s most well-known in these parts for directing the video game adaptation Hitman, a film that was good in parts, and almost very good, but ultimately didn’t fully satisfy, despite the presence of Timothy Olyphant and Olga Kurylenko. He’s also responsible for the gruesome Frontier(s), a truly disturbing film that’s sometimes great, sometimes not-so-great, but far too rapey for my tastes.
Anyway, his next film, The Divide, seems to be tossing a bunch of ideas together, and the trailer certainly doesn’t give much away. It’s got a pretty interesting cast — Michael Beihn (Hicks!), Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren German, Courtney B. Vance, and the always-awesome Peter Stormare. Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting:
“The film is a post-apocalyptic thriller set mostly in an apartment building fallout shelter, a serial-killer thriller about a woman afflicted with “face blindness” and a coming-of-age story about a young girl seeking out her birth mother.
German’s character is at the center of the film, set in New York, which is virtually destroyed in a mysterious explosion in the first act. Eight survivors take refuge in the fallout shelter of an apartment building, where they are menaced first by mysterious men in HazMat suits and eventually by each other.”
I gotta say, I can’t think of too many other post-apocalyptic, trapped-in-a-basement-with-a-serial-killer movies. As for “face blindness,” it’s an actual medical condition for those who didn’t know (like me). Technically called Prosopagnosia, it’s “a disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize other objects may be relatively intact” (thanks, Wikipedia). I have no idea how that plays into the story, but it certainly is an interesting plot device.
Regardless, it’s got Hicks and Peter Stormare. I don’t really need much else.