A Quest for Revenge!
Three years after leaving London due to a self-imposed exile to cope with past decisions and "a life wasted", Will has a vision of his younger brother Davey—a low-level London drug dealer. Sensing something amiss, Will tries in vain to contact Davey before finally going back to London only to find that Davey has committed suicide. Unable to understand Davey’s motivation for ending his life, Will begins to examine the events that preceded Davey’s death.
What makes this film interesting is that once Will uncovers the truth behind his brothers death, there is no slow transformation back into the man he once was but, rather, a willful acceptance that the person he was trying to escape still is still there, an acknowledgement of that, according to his former crew upon his arrival, "people like us don't change, not really". The films morose atmosphere leading to Will's re-birth into the London underworld suggests that he is again following the path that he tried to depart from, one that will only lead to a damaging fate.
The film is slowly paced, allowing a more thorough examination into both Davey’s final evening and Will, who proceeds along with no emotion (I swear that man doesn't so much as blink throughout), even when he carries out his revenge. Even so, we get a pretty good read on Will by the films end, a man who cannot deny what he is, and the film suggesting that no matter how hard we try to change, we are what we are. ” - McBiscuit
Descent proceeds into believable, if predictable, territory after the rape, as Maya’s victimization is chronicled as one would expect: reckless partying, promiscuity, and, of course, drug use. The duration of this period is not quite defined, but certainly resembles a willful descent into life’s dark corners. Later, as a TA, Maya runs into Jared who, as is expected, does not perceive Maya’s internal hostility (and probable fright), instead believing that she harbors no ill will toward him. Maya uses Jared's cluelessness against him, suggesting that yes, she did in fact have a good time that night and asks to see him again. What Jared doesn’t realize is that Maya is plotting her revenge.
Maya’s plan is simple, hoping to force Jared to experience the fear and humiliation of the act of rape. Luring him to her place she puts her plan into action as she proceeds to sodomize Jared before turning him over to a male ‘friend’ who, well, you get the idea.
An interesting rape/revenge fantasy that, while telling a tale that you have probably have heard before, dares to (ever so slightly) empathize with Jared, but also a film that turns the act of revenge back on itself. Finally, there is Maya herself who, once her part in the revenge is complete, is seen shedding a tear which, to me, suggests that an act taken for empowerment did not quite have the desired effect, leaving Maya some ways to go before she will heal from Jared’s assault. ” - McBiscuit
Erica is a pretty tough read at first, a woman who will seemingly *beep* anyone except the one man tries to befriend her, is kind to her, and ultimately shows that his feelings for her are genuine. Nate is an even more mysterious character, calm and collected even as Erica refuses him, but one who seems to posses a latent danger. But, as Nate and Erica begin an intimate (if platonic) relationship, a previous sexual encounter of Erica’s is informed of the consequences their night together, beginning a brutal triangle of revenge.
RW&B is a low-key affair that ultimately shows our—at times—stupid choices and need to have someone to blame for them. The trigger for this tale of revenge is a bit thin, and only Nate’s action seem justified, but the film does a good job of slowly working up to its climax, which is about as nasty as it can be. ” - McBiscuit