I enjoyed my interview with Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss) quite a bit more than I enjoyed The Divide (in theaters this Friday) itself. The film, from Frontier(s) director Xavier Gens, is a deeply bleak post-apocalyptic thriller.
While I have no problem with bleak material, there needs to be something else there – some kind of unifying theme or exceptional storytelling – for any movie to feel complete. And The Divide doesn’t have it. There are some great elements to the film, Xavier Gens’ direction combined with Laurent Bares photography makes for some very impressive atmosphere (especially when you consider that it was shot on a small set in a short amount of time). But the script is a mess. The following interview with Michael Biehn more than hints as to why – much of the script was discarded and large amounts of the film were improv’d (which certainly explains the erratic character work).
That being said, I’m a fan of many of Biehn’s films. He was one of my film heroes as a kid (Kyle Reese and Corporal Hicks – come on!) so I was eager to sit down with him for a quick chat. He’s also one of the best things about the movie.
Unfortunately, before I could ask my first question, he asked me what I thought of The Divide. Caught off guard, I replied “eh…” The video starts right after Biehn asks me to elaborate. We get back on track pretty quick though and touch on various subjects such as the cast “hating each other” and Biehn’s upcoming directorial debut, The Victim.
Hit the jump to check it out!