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Descent (2007)

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 Her personality changes, she's withdrawn; she graduates and takes a job at a clothing store, staying apart from co-workers.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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Descenso  »

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

Jared: Like, why tickle the ivories when I could be ticking the girls?
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Connections

References The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunday
Written by Samantha Dixon and Sia (as Sia Furler)
Performed by Sia
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI)
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let's stick to the classics!
17 November 2007 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I saw 'Descent' last night at the Stockholm Film Festival and it was one huge disappointment. Disappointment because the storyline was potentially powerful, the prospect of seeing Rosario Dawson in a smaller intimate movie was exciting and, being a fan (sounds pervy, I'm not!) of 'rape/revenge' flicks of the 70's, I was needless to say very curious to check this movie out. My conclusion: let's stick to the classics! Yes, the storyline has potential but the dialogs are flat, the actors unconvincing. Even Dawson is empty. Some would say that it's a right depiction of the college world in the US, that the emptiness of the characters serve a purpose and all that jazz but it just makes the whole movie unsubstantial. Just like the scene where Dawson gets raped: it seriously lacks intensity! I wasn't expecting anything 'Irreversible'-style but still, aren't we suppose to feel compassion for her? I didn't. Not for a minute, she was so lame all the way ;-) And I read that the photography was impressive. Well, it is good indeed but nothing ground-breaking either. I must admit that the screening at the festival wasn't so good so maybe I missed out something here but at the end of the movie, I couldn't help thinking 'I feel like watching Argento's 'Inferno' again. lol. More seriously, the first scene in the club is beautifully shot and all but I had the bitter sensation of watching a longer and more boring version of the scene in the filthy bar near the American-Canadian border in Lynch's 'Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me'... the crude red and blue lighting, the heavy bass music, the general lascivious/decadent atmosphere... No, I just couldn't get into this movie. Too bad.


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