I thought it seemed extreme and out of character. but the whole movie was a little extreme in the choices that the characters were making.
Quite so, which is why it made the film so fascinating and a great portrayal of the human condition.
Let's reference something as simple as Black Friday in the States when every year shoppers will trample and even pepper spray each other to get a $50 Blu ray player; or how in Vancouver common hockey fans, your neighbors, guys you go to College with, suddenly SNAP when their team loses the Stanley Cup to Boston and they burn their city, over turns police cars and become people we can't even recognize. And (as one character referenced in The Divide) that airline crash in the Andes in the 70s when everyone resorted to cannibalism, and using skulls as bowls to survive. If one looks at how seemingly "normal" people like this, in real life situations, can suddenly snap and/or change due to extreme condition, one can certainly understand the extremeness the characters went to The Divide. Less we forget, the situation in The Divide wasn't Black Friday, a hockey game, or a plane crash; this was the end of the world, people trapped in a confined space with dead bodies, possible mind altering contamination, and the threat of those around them. Frankly, I'm surprised it didn't get more extreme in terms of choices and events.
It's strange, but so often when art imitates life, people don't believe it. I mean, when horrific things happen in real life and we read about it in the papers, we take it as fact, and never question it. We understand, sadly, that people can be capable of such acts. But when filmmakers portray similar situations in film, and quite often to a much, much lesser extreme, it's frequently questioned as being authentic to the human condition. You read things like.. "Oh I don't believe that person could...." or "I didn't buy it when, he/she....." Not citing your views in any way Dirty Girl, I'm just speaking in general. Maybe I am just a cynic (NO... I am a cynic.... which is what an optimist calls a realist. LOL) but nothing that a human being does to another human surprises me anymore. Okay... I'm off subject. Where were we?
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