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Descent (2007)

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

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 Her personality changes, she's withdrawn; she graduates and takes a job at a clothing store, staying apart from co-workers.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

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,411, 12 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,361, 17 August 2007
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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 »

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Maya: [sexily] You're my kinda guy. My hero. Not the kinda guy to wimp out. You know what it's like to have fun. You know how to let go and fuck the rules. You like things spontaneous, with bite and real risks. I remember that. I thought you were crazy, but you opened my eyes and made me realize we're not so different.
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References The Last House on the Left (1972) See more »

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Equally Damaged
Written by Blonde Redhead (Kazu Makino, Amadeo Pace, Simone Pace
Performed by Blonde Redhead
Published by BMI
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What a waste!
3 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

The plot for Descent, if it actually can be called a plot, has two noteworthy events. One near the beginning - one at the end. Together these events make up maybe 5% of the total movie time. Everything (and I mean _everything_) in between is basically the director's desperate effort to fill in the minutes. I like disturbing movies, I like dark movies and I don't get troubled by gritty scenes - but if you expect me to sit through 60 minutes of hazy/dark (literally) scenes with NO storyline you have another thing coming. Rosario Dawson, one of my favorite actresses is completely wasted here. And no, she doesn't get naked, not even in the NC-17 version, which I saw.

If you have a couple of hours to throw away and want to watch "Descent", take a nap instead - you'll probably have more interesting dreams.


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