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One year after a tragic accident, six girlfriends meet in a remote part of the Appalachians for their annual extreme outdoor adventure, in this case the exploration of a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes, and there's no way out. But there is something else lurking under the earth. (Lionsgate)
- Commentary by director Neil Marshall and the crew
- Commentary by director Neil Marshall and the cast
- "The Descent: Behind the Scenes"
- "DescENDING" - An Interview with Director Neil Marshall
- Deleted and extended scenes
- Stills gallery
- Cast and crew biographies
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it's nice to see a movie without men, and relatively free of discussion about them, and the cast of the descent really sells the flick. the women are all very believable as outdoor adventurers, and all of them are portrayed with profound competence. shauna macdonald as sarah is amazing, and she wears the tragedy of the film's opening behind her eyes in every scene. juno is pretty bada$$, and her raging chaotic neutrality makes her the catalyst of the film. natalie mendoza just just kills it. as an obvious homage and response to jc's deep freeze sausage fest, the thing, the descent shows us a wet, orifice-laden subterranean world in which women can be just as paranoid, impetuous, and untrusting as men (at least according to male filmmakers). but these women surely don't spend much of their time concerned with men, and it's a refreshing change of pace from, you know, every movie ever. the sequences that mimic the thing directly are accompanied by morricone-esque pulsations which brings a smile to face. it's liz phair's exile in guyville to the stones exile on main street.
much tension is created in the relationships between the characters--everyone has obvious friction with juno--and in the setting. we don't see any monsters till over half the movie has elapsed, but we see people crawling through impossibly tight underground spaces, repelling deep into the ground, and free-climbing long spans over bottomless darkness. the descent is utterly awesome, and the cool cave mutants are gravy.
gorgeously shot, ruthless, and generally smart, the descent really rocks (pun very intended). i'm a big fan of the tonally different second movie, and would love to see a third.
the blu ray is gorgeous, well-worth having in this format, as everything is crisp, clear, and visible, even in the dark.
Instead, "The Descent" takes the road less traveled, no pun intended. The cast are relative unknowns (at least to me, sorry if any of these women are household names in another country, shame on my ignorant behind) and they are all exceptional. These characters balance gritty and vulnerable so well. Altruistic and nurturing one minute, egomaniacal and totally aloof the next.
The film exploits a common phobia; being trapped, enclosed places, etc., by showing us the most extreme and terrifying scenario. And it works! This movie is chillingly intense.
If you watch this movie, you will want to make it a point to find a clip of the rest of the ending to find out exactly what happens.
In it, six young female adventurers go on a spelunking expedition into an uncharted North Carolina cavern where an ancient race of sightless cannibals that are perfectly adapted to the dark hunt them down one by one. The personal stories of all half-dozen become irrelevant to their futile struggle for survival.
Be advised that "Descent" contains dozens of f-wórds and is über gory stuff!
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.
(7.3) The Descent (UK-2005) - Shauna Macdonald/Natalie Jackson Mendoza/Alex Reid/Saskia Mulder/MyAnna Buring/Nora-Jane Noone
The injuries were a bit unbelievable. Surviving that long after being stabbed in the neck while still being able to talk and having someone with a protruding compound leg fracture not getting picked off earlier all seemed far-fetched in my opinion.
Other than that, good movie. No glaringly "dead weight" characters. Asian chick was a beast.
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