Descent (2007 film)
|Directed by||Talia Lugacy|
|Produced by||Rosario Dawson|
Morris S. Levy
|Written by||Talia Lugacy|
|Music by||Alex Moulton|
|Edited by||Frank Reynolds|
|Distributed by||City Lights Pictures|
Maya is an upcoming artist and college student. In the winter of her senior year, Maya attends a fraternity party and talks to a man named Jared. She accepts his invitation to dinner at a restaurant, then goes to his apartment, just to talk. They start to make out, but when Maya tells him to stop, Jared soon reveals his true self and brutally rapes her while uttering dehumanizing slurs in her ear.
Over the next year, Maya's personality changes. She becomes quiet and withdrawn, graduating from college and taking a job at a clothing store. She disconnects herself from society and other familiar surroundings while struggling to break free of the resulting depression and addiction. At night, she's someone else: a beauty at the nightclub scene, dancing, seductive, sniffing cocaine. Maya later meets and seeks out the help of a DJ she meets at a club, named Adrian, whom she confides in.
Maya becomes TA to a class Jared is in. One day she catches him cheating on an exam and threatens to report it, but instead uses it as an opportunity to lure Jared to her apartment. Jared willingly complies. She turns the tables on him by tying him to her bed and blindfolding him. She allows Adrian to rape Jared several times. Echoing what Jared said to Maya. In the final shot, as Maya watches Adrian brutally sodomize Jared, she seems slightly regretful and sheds a tear, seeming to indicate she is still not over her psychological issues.
- Rosario Dawson as Maya
- Chad Faust as Jared
- Marcus Patrick as Adrian
- James A. Stephens as Professor Byron
- Vanessa Ferlito as Bodega girl
- Tracie Thoms as Denise
- Alexie Gilmore as Seline
- Jonathan Tchaikovsky as Tyler
- Phoebe Strole as Innocent Girl
- Nicole Vicius as Melanie
- Scott Bailey as Upstairs guy
Descent was released in two alternate cuts: a 105-minute uncut NC-17 rated version and a 95-minute R-rated version. The notable difference between the two is that the edited release omits about seven minutes of the second rape scene.
Descent received mixed to negative reviews. It currently holds a 35% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 34 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.88/10. The consensus states: "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." On Metacritic, the film has a 45/100 rating based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".