Exciting trailer for Xavier Gens’ THE DIVIDE hits
It was just the other day that I was writing about a sequel to HITMAN being developed. That film is known for the serious problems it faced during post-production, which eventually led to reshoots being helmed by another director. The original director, Xavier Gens, is back with his latest film-- THE DIVIDE.
Check out the trailer, as well as my thoughts, after the break.
While it seems like the post-apocalyptic world has been beaten like a dead horse, I'd feel comfortable making the argument that some of the more interesting psychological and philosophical elements have yet to be explored in any meaningful fashion. The simple idea of human existence being on the brink of extinction offers some unique things to say about the life we currently lead and the path we're on. That's not to say other films haven't tried using the apocalypse as a vehicle for argument. Rather, I'm just not tired of the setting yet.
Perhaps this is why I loved this trailer so much. Right off the bat, it conveys in the audience a distinct sense of panic-- the primary emotion I'd feel were the survival of Earth ever called into question. Then, it builds this desert island scenario. Eight strangers. All unique. Different pasts. Different values. Different goals. I'm curious to see where Gens takes this plot, as I feel that it could not only deliver suspense, but also some striking commentary.
That, and Milo Ventimiglia is pretty awesome. I first saw him on the WB show Gilmore Girls, which I loved despite all my other masculine traits. His character was well fleshed out and had serious depth; something that was often missing in other WB shows. Then, he became somewhat mainstream with his starring role in Heroes. I only saw the first season, which I dug, but I've heard it went downhill quickly after that. It doesn't look like he'll play something akin to a leading role, but I'd wager he'll deliver one of the better performances.
So, any thoughts? Excited to see Gens redeem himself after HITMAN? Or, does the trailer seem one note to you?
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