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      Descent

      NC-17 Released Aug 10, 2007 1 hr. 40 min. Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      35% 34 Reviews Tomatometer 33% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Maya (Rosario Dawson) is a friendly college senior who accepts an invitation to dinner from fellow student Jared (Chad Faust). After the date, Jared takes Maya back to his apartment, where he assaults and rapes her. Maya is transformed by the atrocity. Upon graduating, she takes a retail position and turns to drugs. But when she begins graduate school, she finds Jared in one of the classes where she is an assistant. She jumps at the opportunity to get revenge on the monster who raped her. Read More Read Less
      Descent

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      Critics Consensus

      Descent has the potential to make a statement about sexual violence, but falls flat by focusing on revenge rather than Rosario Dawson's emotional state.

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      dude m Maybe I'm weird but I don't have fun watching rapes. I wanted to punch in the nose everyone involved in the making of this krap sandwich. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The creators of Descent seemed to want to send the message that rape is terrible and it affects people badly. While it does sort of show how it affects people, it comes across as a kinky porno more than a movie trying to send a message. A man rapes a woman, so the woman gets revenge by tying him up, raping him with a dildo and then the rapist is raped by a man. What message does this send? To me it just looks like a weird porno that some people will probably jerk off to rather than learn something from, especially in the last scene where the rapist gets raped by a woman and a man. It's literally just a BDSM scene. It could've been done much better. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member I think she went over board with revenge. We don't know if she did take any legal action but it was way over done. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member why would Dawson sign up for this? its unbearably dull that does nothing for the character. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Descent fails with its good intentions of addressing the very serious issue of rape and sexual violence. Its setup of Dawson's character, Maya, meeting a charming young man than being assaulted by him is ruined by the film's proceeding murkiness. From then on the film detours into scenes of Maya befriending and hanging with creepy, repugnant debauchee, Jared, at nightclubs and engaging in obscure, pretentious conversations that never mention or reference her assault. Thus the audience is left with no insight of how she's feeling in the aftermath of her rape until a 7 minute revenge rape scene is peremptorily presented, which is even more disturbing, graphic, and sadistic than Maya's. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Watched this movie and felt with a half-way decent director it could have been really good revenge movie. Instead it's slow and drawn out. The act of rape committed against Maya was not nearly as violent as it could have been. If her rape was half as sickening and degrading as "Jared's" I could justify, for lack of a better term, his rape. I actually felt his pain and wanted to save him. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Wesley Morris Boston Globe Rated: 3/4 Nov 24, 2011 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 2/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: A- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Bullz-Eye.com Rated: 4/5 Apr 4, 2011 Full Review JoBlo JoBlo's Movie Network Rated: 7/10 Apr 4, 2011 Full Review Prairie Miller NewsBlaze Revenge is less than sweet, to say the least, in particular for the audience, veering between sickening and pathetically pornographic. Nov 11, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Maya (Rosario Dawson) is a friendly college senior who accepts an invitation to dinner from fellow student Jared (Chad Faust). After the date, Jared takes Maya back to his apartment, where he assaults and rapes her. Maya is transformed by the atrocity. Upon graduating, she takes a retail position and turns to drugs. But when she begins graduate school, she finds Jared in one of the classes where she is an assistant. She jumps at the opportunity to get revenge on the monster who raped her.
      Director
      Talia Lugacy
      Executive Producer
      Michael Almog, Michael Bassick, Michael Califra, Danny Fisher
      Screenwriter
      Talia Lugacy, Brian Priest
      Distributor
      City Lights Pictures
      Production Co
      City Lights Pictures
      Rating
      NC-17 (A Brutal Rape)
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 10, 2007, Limited
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 5, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $13.4K