Owen Gleiberman
August 15, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Descent

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
NC-17
runtime
103 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/10/07
performer
Rosario Dawson, Chad Faust
director
Talia Lugacy
distributor
City Lights
author
Talia Lugacy, Brian Priest
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

It’s been a while since we saw a demagogic feminist exploitation revenge drama, and Descent, while top-heavy with ”agenda,” is shrewdly done. Rosario Dawson goes deep into fear and loathing as Maya, a college student who gets date-raped by the creepily charismatic Jared — played by Chad Faust as a new screen type: an intellectual jock sociopath. Maya’s descent into druggy oblivion is too aimless, but the movie regains its intensity for her shocking payback — a scene that will give any liberal pause, if only to acknowledge the primal power of eye-for-an-eye justice.

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