Descent (2007)

Descent (2007)

Descent (2007)
Rosario Dawson plays Maya, a scholar student, who meets Jared (Faust) – an arrogant preppie type who resorts to brutally raping Maya after she rejects him. Maya becomes the walking wounded, alienating everyone around her and withdrawing into herself. Then she meets DJ Adrian (Patrick), who introduces the club world to her. She rebuilds her confidence, and with it, a hard justice revenge strategy.

Directed by first timer Talia Lugacy, ‘Descent’ is said to be highly impressionistic, hard hitting and more the squeamish in during the violent scenes.
2007USA
DramaThriller

Reviews & comments

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

There are also a handful of interesting moments—the lesbo-erotic spark between Maya and her ex-roommate, Jared's unexpected reaction to his comeuppance— but those are quickly discarded, leaving only a well-acted trifle straining to be a hard-hitting morality play...

Variety

Variety

press

"We had faces then," Norma Desmond said in "Sunset Boulevard," but the fact is, we have faces now. Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank and Uma Thurman are a few modern classics, and so is Rosario Dawson, who could have provided a 100-minute closeup and revealed more about human nature and anguish than all of "Descent," a rape-revenge fantasy that will have audiences ankling after the first attack...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Astonishingly, though, the film’s brutality never plays like a stunt, thanks to Ms. Dawson’s revelatory performance and Ms. Lugacy’s adventurous direction (which includes lots of long takes and metaphorically apt compositions). Hard to watch but essential to see, “Descent” is at once realistic and rhetorical, and driven throughout by righteous anger that comes from an honest place...

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

There are also a handful of interesting moments—the lesbo-erotic spark between Maya and her ex-roommate, Jared's unexpected reaction to his comeuppance— but those are quickly discarded, leaving only a well-acted trifle straining to be a hard-hitting morality play...

Variety

Variety

press

"We had faces then," Norma Desmond said in "Sunset Boulevard," but the fact is, we have faces now. Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank and Uma Thurman are a few modern classics, and so is Rosario Dawson, who could have provided a 100-minute closeup and revealed more about human nature and anguish than all of "Descent," a rape-revenge fantasy that will have audiences ankling after the first attack...

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Astonishingly, though, the film’s brutality never plays like a stunt, thanks to Ms. Dawson’s revelatory performance and Ms. Lugacy’s adventurous direction (which includes lots of long takes and metaphorically apt compositions). Hard to watch but essential to see, “Descent” is at once realistic and rhetorical, and driven throughout by righteous anger that comes from an honest place...

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