Based on the story of renowned butterfly expert Robert Pyle (David Cross) who embarked on a life-changing trek through one of America’s most important unprotected wildlands in the summer of 1995.
David Cross has been known for many notable films from the early days of Small Soldiers to more recently in Arrested Development. Often you think of him as a funny guy and what you watch him play in this film is the opposite. He plays Robert Pyle, a man who is on the verge of losing his wife, and decides to head down this trek throughout the wildlands. It was an emotional roller coaster of a role, and as the critical line from the film, Robert had to ‘Get Lost, Find Yourself.’
Cross takes Tom Putnam’s script and brings them to life as he easily gives the best performance of his career in this. It was powerful, moving, and a brilliantly layered delivery throughout the film.
I had the pleasure of speaking to David Cross and writer/director Tom Putnam about the film. We talked about the struggles of shooting the movie in the forest, a lower budget, and how they overcame those things to bring us this movie.
Take a Listen here.
The Verdict: B
The Dark Divide is an emotional therapeutic journey that sees David Cross gives a career-best performance.