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Descent (2007)

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A college co-ed is brutally raped and struggles alone to rebuild her life.

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Cast

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Maya
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Jared
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Adrian
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Bodega Girl
Jonathan Neil Schneider ...
Archaeology Professor (as Jon Schneider)
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Professor Byron
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Melanie
Paul Sado ...
Downstairs Guy
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Upstairs Guy
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Denise
Aisleagh Jackson ...
Construction Girl (as Aislaegh Jackson)
Robert Lehrer ...
Speaker
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Seline
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Tyler
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine ...
Nadia
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Storyline

In the winter of her senior year, Maya talks to Jared at a frat party, accepts his invitation to dinner at a nice restaurant, then goes to his apartment, just to talk. He assaults her. Her personality changes, she's withdrawn; she graduates and takes a job at a clothing store, staying apart from co-workers. At night, she's someone else: a beauty at the club scene, dancing, seductive, sniffing cocaine, becoming the friend of a heavy hitter. She thinks about her racial identity. That fall, she's a grad student, and Jared is in an exam she proctors. She invites him to her apartment; he's certain she's stuck on him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for brutal rape, language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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26 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,411 (USA) (10 August 2007)

Gross:

$13,361 (USA) (17 August 2007)
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Trivia

In the scene that Maya (Rosario Dawson) is building a house, a woman (Tracie Thoms) asks if she is okay. Both Dawson and Thoms sang in the movie-musical Rent (2005). See more »

Quotes

Melanie: Rooming with you is kinda like having an anchor I didn't even know I needed.
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Connections

References I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Gone (Fly Away)
Written by Neil Nathan
Performed by Neil Nathan, Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner and Jonathan Houlon
Produced by Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner and Talia Lugacy
Courtesy of Pirate Vinyl
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pretty average
11 February 2008 | by (Irvine, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I rented this on DVD and I kind of feel bad since Dawson and Lugacy are so earnest about it in the DVD comments. It's not a bad movie exactly, but it's one of those films that desperately wants to be a deep comment on human nature while not realizing that its story is practically a genre. Plus, it is a little simplistic about the issue in a lot of ways, and the characters' behavior often strains belief. I'd say its a film that you would get something out of if you don't have a lot of film/TV/literature/life behind you (to be honest, I've seen almost exactly the same story in horror comics even). Otherwise, its point has been made before and more artfully. And that gets to the big problem, which is that it really doesn't have much of cinematic interest to it besides the point. It ends up being a fairly bland movie overall that invests everything in the idea that the basic story will be shocking and compelling, and it doesn't really pay off.


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