Descent 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… Descent 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… 2007-08-10 NC-17 PT103M Drama Mystery and Thriller Rosario Dawson Chad Faust City Lights
Movie Review

Descent (2007)

MPAA Rating: NC-17
PAYBACK, WITH INTEREST Much of Descent 's revenge tale meanders, but Dawson gets your attention in the end
PAYBACK, WITH INTEREST Much of Descent's revenge tale meanders, but Dawson gets your attention in the end
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Aug 10, 2007; Rated: NC-17; Length: 103 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Rosario Dawson and Chad Faust; Distributor: City Lights

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.

Originally posted Aug 15, 2007 Published in issue #949-950 Aug 24, 2007 Order article reprints