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Review: The Divide

“With 2012 already upon us, the Mayan prophecy of world’s end is destined to become more pervasive in the future cinematic offerings. But it’s the tagline for The Divide that reinforces the film’s glum outlook and proves the least hackneyed element about it, proclaiming that “the lucky ones died in the blast.” His film makes a strong case for that. Or maybe you’d rather be caged with strangers losing their minds while eating kidney beans and getting raped for an inordinate amount of time. Which side of the divide are you on?”

The Divide


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“With 2012 already upon us, the Mayan prophecy of world’s end is destined to become more pervasive in the future cinematic offerings. But it’s the tagline for The Divide that reinforces the film’s glum outlook and proves the least hackneyed element about it, proclaiming that “the lucky ones died in the blast.” His film makes a strong case for that. Or maybe you’d rather be caged with strangers losing their minds while eating kidney beans and getting raped for an inordinate amount of time. Which side of the divide are you on?”

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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