Descent (NC-17)

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Released 2007

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Descent (NC-17)

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Released:
2007
Rating:
NC-17
Descent is a nothing short of an utterly disturbing film about a woman who descends into a dark and twisted emotional place after surviving a brutal physical attack. Rosario Dawson stars as Maya, a young college student with a promising future on her horizon. However, her world is suddenly turned inside out when she is raped. Her experience leaves her emotionally charged with overwhelming feelings of depression, anger, and guilt. Maya turns down the wrong path when she begins using drugs and promiscuous sex to cope with her pain. With the help of a friend named Adrian (Marcus Patrick), she lures the man who raped her back into her apartment where she gives him his due punishment. The film contains very graphic scenes which may offend or disturb some people, hence the NC-17 rating. Descent premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. It was written by Brian Priest and directed by Talia Lugacy.

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  • 70

    The New York Times

    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.

  • 50

    Variety

    Pic's message is the one thing that's made clear: A victim can sink lower than her predator. Whether receiving that message justifies the cost of watching Descent is another question.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    Depending on your revenge story preferences, the brutally pretentious Descent is either a payback flick with an agonizingly formless middle, or a soul-darkening head trip bracketed...

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    Drama

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    Psychological, Social Issues, Independent