Descent (2007)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  26 April 2007 (USA)
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A college co-ed is brutally raped and struggles alone to rebuild her life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bodega Girl
Jonathan Neil Schneider ...
Archaeology Professor (as Jon Schneider)
Professor Byron
Paul Sado ...
Downstairs Guy
Upstairs Guy
Aisleagh Jackson ...
Construction Girl (as Aislaegh Jackson)
Robert Lehrer ...
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine ...


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 Her personality changes, she's withdrawn; she graduates and takes a job at a clothing store, staying apart from co-workers.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 <>

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

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Release Date:

26 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Extrema - Al limite della vendetta  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Adrian: Hey. Ask. Don't take.
Jared: Fine. Adrian, can I please have a smoke?
Adrian: Smoke mine.
Jared: Sure.
Adrian: So go ahead and smoke it.
Jared: Not gonna smoke it in between your toes.
Adrian: Yeah, you are.
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There's a Message but It's Lost
2 February 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Descent (2007)

BOMB (out of 4)

Lame and painful "drama" about a bright, young college girl (Rosario Dawson) who is raped by her date (Chad Faust) and soon finds herself at sex clubs doing cocaine and taking home various men. Since the rape her life is spinning out of control but she soon bumps into her rapist and decides to turn the table on him. I normally don't watch extras on a DVD unless it's a movie I enjoy or one I'm interested in but this horrid film had me curious so I checked out a few interviews with Dawson and her friend, director Lugacy. It's clear both women thought they were making something that "needed to be done" and something very important but it appears neither one had seen the film. I say that as a joke as I'm sure both had seen the film but this is a complete disaster from start to finish and in the end I couldn't help but find myself bored out of my mind. Lugacy must be a fan of Kubrick because she has dialogue and scenes that just go on and on and on. Clearly she wants these long scenes to draw the viewer in but let's face it, she's no Kubrick. These scenes are so mind-blowing awful that I couldn't help but want to hit the fast-forward button. The dialogue is poorly written and not once does any of it make you want to think. The incredibly bad sequences inside the sex club just go on forever and at the end of the scenes nothing has happened. We get bad sequences of Dawson standing in front of a mirror talking to herself or her involved in sex scenes yet she's fully dressed. The movie has the atmosphere of an exploitation movie but it never crosses into that territory until the final ten-minutes when the actual revenge takes place. I won't ruin the ending but it has an interesting twist that just doesn't work because by the time it comes most viewers, myself included, will either be sleeping, have turned the film off or simply won't care. The ending also doesn't work like it should just because the direction isn't strong enough to make it work. Dawson is someone I like but she's not very good here but a lot of this can be blamed on the screenplay. This is certainly trying to be a character study but her character never grows and instead of learning anything about her we just see her enter various stages but without any emotion behind them. The film received an NC-17 rating but I'd question this as there's not any nudity until the end and there's really very little profanity. The rape of Dawson is very tame so I'm guessing the MPAA once again struck the rating because of the male nudity that happens at the end. I've read other negative reviews saying you have to at least give the film credit for being brave but I'd disagree with that. I didn't find this film brave at all as the dark subject matter is hardly looked at and not once did I believe anything I was seeing. There might be a good story or idea here but everything is carried out so poorly that nothing works and in the end this movie started to get on my nerves by the fifteen-minute mark. Torture is something used in this film but the main victim is the viewer.

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