Release Date: August 10th, 2007 (Village East Cinemas) by City Lights Pictures.
The Cast: Rosario Dawson, Chad Faust, Marcus Patrick.
Directed by Talia Lugacy.
BASIC PREMISE: Maya (Dawson) exacts revenge on Jared (Faust), a young man who had raped her at a party.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Descent has an intense, disturbing plot that tries to be suspenseful, but too often drags and goes for cheap shock value. Rosario Dawson gives a raw, sexually charged performance as Maya, a college student who loves to party. One night, she hooks up with a college guy named Jared at a party and he convinces her to be alone with him and ends up raping her. From this point on, Maya starts to react to the rape as if she were crazy. She drinks, takes drugs and goes back to partying even though she could have reported Jared to the police or at least gotten some therapy. When she happens to run into him during a course that she teaches at a university, he somehow lets her seduce him into a very sick third act revenge that will turn a lot of people off. Co-writer/director Talia Legacy chooses shock value over subtlety and, unfortunately, makes the character of Maya just as unlikable and irrational as Jared. Why should Maya be stupid enough to trust Jared in the first place? Likewise, why does Jared trust Maya when she seduces him later on? The final 20 minutes are so over-the-top and disgusting that you will think you’re watching Hostel if it were a cheap porno. At least Rosario Dawson’s raw performance saves this from being a completely unsatisfying bore.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Over-the-top and often meandering.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8
IN A NUTSHELL: Rosario Dawson gives a raw, sexually charged performance. However, the disturbing and intense plot often meanders and goes over-the-top with cheap shock value.
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