MOVIE REVIEW: The Descent 2005
A group of five women adventurers enjoy a day of white water rafting. Sarah (Shauna MacDonald) and her husband are headed home when another car slams into theirs and poor hubby is impaled by a pole. Also killed in the crash is Sarah's very young daughter. A year later, the women band together for another adventure and also to help Sarah get over her tragedy. They are joined by Holly (Nora Jane Noone), another adventure enthusiast. This time the ladies decide to go cave exploring in the Appalachian Mountains. Juno (Natalie Mendoza), the unofficial leader of the group, has hand-picked this cave. Once they reach the bottom of the cave, things go horribly wrong. The crew discover that the cave was previously uncharted, they lose a bag of equipment, and a tunnel collapses, almost trapping Sarah. While looking for an alternate way out of the cave, the crew discovers they are not alone. Will they all leave alive or will the cave dwellers pick them off one by one? No more spoilers from me y'all!
It took me a while to get around to seeing this film. Based on the descriptions I'd read, I thought it was some sci-fi garbage and I DESPISE sci-fi. This was actually a really decent horror film. I am claustrophobic so it really played into my fears. I was terrified long before the cave dwellers were introduced. The acting was top notch, the ladies displayed genuine terror. Natalie Mendoza was great, she certainly was one badass chick! Some may have a problem with the way this movie was filmed because it's mostly dark with the exception of flashlights and flares used by the actors, but to me it enhanced the spook factor. Also, the movie starts off a bit slow but that works for me. A slow build-up gives me time to care about the characters before their untimely demise. If you rent this, please try to grab the unrated version which has a bit of a different ending than the theatrical version. This film contains no nudity but it does have a shitload of violence and gore.
VERDICT: 4 Soul Claps
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