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 Her personality changes, she's withdrawn; she graduates and takes a job at a clothing store, staying apart from co-workers.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

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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)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Jared: Like, why tickle the ivories when I could be ticking the girls?
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References The Hunt for Red October (1990) See more »


Connected by a String
Written by Sara Lov and Dustin O'Halloran
Performed by Devics
Published by Bug Music Inc
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User Reviews

Horrifying--both content and film
5 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the content of this film is truly horrifying, it is poorly executed and leaves viewers with a sense of, well, violation. I was only able to watch half of this movie at first, leaving off a little less than halfway through. I should have just done myself a favor and not bothered with the last half, for it was badly written, half-heartedly acted, and the events in the second half are wildly unbelievable. While you feel pity for the protagonist in the first half, her "revenge" is extreme and angry, leaving the audience to stare at the last shot, just before fading into darkness, going: "...what did I just see?" The lighting is brutal (seriously, if you watch it, leave the lights on) and the mismatched cast is somewhat pathetic--even Rosario Dawson could not save this doomed piece. For a sad, realistic (and short) story, stick to the first half, then excuse yourself from the rest of the film. Yet if you want to see an unlikely, and even more disgusting turn of events, just watch the whole thing. I was disappointed I did not find this graphic, gritty movie interesting, but even more disappointed that nothing was really accomplished through the "heroine's" journey.

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