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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosario Dawson ... Maya
Chad Faust ... Jared
Marcus Patrick ... Adrian
Vanessa Ferlito ... Bodega Girl
Jonathan Neil Schneider Jonathan Neil Schneider ... Archaeology Professor (as Jon Schneider)
James A. Stephens ... Professor Byron
Nicole Vicius ... Melanie
Paul Sado ... Downstairs Guy
Scott Bailey ... Upstairs Guy
Tracie Thoms ... Denise
Aisleagh Jackson Aisleagh Jackson ... Construction Girl (as Aislaegh Jackson)
Robert Lehrer Robert Lehrer ... Speaker
Alexie Gilmore ... Seline
Johnathan Tchaikovsky ... Tyler
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine 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 Her personality changes, she's withdrawn; she graduates and takes a job at a clothing store, staying apart from co-workers.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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Descenso See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,411, 12 August 2007

Gross USA:

$130,361
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Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rosario Dawson's mother Isabel played the bartender, wrote and performed the song "Celia" (played when Maya wakes up and is offered an apple), and was also an associate producer on the film. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

Released on DVD in separate R-rated and NC-17 rated versions. The NC-17 DVD runs for around seven minutes longer. See more »

Connections

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

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Rhymes of an Hour
Written by David Roback and Hope Sandoval
Performed by Mazzy Star
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let's stick to the classics!
17 November 2007 | by suspiriaahSee 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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