The Descent

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"Scream your last breath."
  • R
  • 2005
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 7.2  (240,987)
  • 71

The Descent is a 2005 horror movie directed by Neil Marshall. It follows a group of six women on a caving expedition who encounter unforeseen dangers in the depths of an unexplored cave system. Shauna Macdonald plays the lead role of Sarah, a tragic character who has just experienced the loss of her husband and daughter in a car accident, which affects her throughout the movie.

The movie begins with Sarah and her friends gathering for a weekend of adventure in the mountains. During their trip, they decide to visit an unexplored cave system, led by Juno (Natalie Mendoza), an experienced caver. The group enters the cave through a small entrance, and as they descend deeper into the tunnels, they come across narrow passages, deep drops, and unexpected challenges that put their lives at risk.

As they go further into the cave, they realize that it is not on any maps, and Juno confesses that she withheld that information because she wanted the group to be the first people to explore it. It's a risky venture, but everyone is excited about the possibility of making a significant discovery.

However, things quickly take a turn for the worse. The group finds themselves lost, not knowing which direction to go. Their only option is to move forward, hoping to find a way out. They also discover strange markings on the cave walls, which they initially suspect to be made by an unknown cave-dwelling creature. But soon, they realize that they are not alone.

The Descent is one of the most intense and claustrophobic horror movies of all time. The movie's atmosphere is genuinely eerie, with cramped and dark spaces, foreboding shadows, and disturbing sound effects adding to the tension.

Furthermore, the character development is well-structured, and each character gets enough screen time to showcase their strengths, weaknesses, and fears. Sarah, in particular, is a well-executed character who endures significant traumas and tries to find her way back to mental stability.

By the third act, The Descent ramps up the terror, with the women facing off against creatures that are unlike anything they have ever encountered. The creatures are blind, feral, and have evolved into a unique and deadly species that feeds on the human flesh. From here on, the movie becomes more about survival and the fight-or-flight response than exploration and discovery.

Apart from the visceral scares, The Descent is also a movie about themes such as the fragility of human life, the power of thoughts and imagination, and the unshakable bond of friendship. The film's cinematography is stunning, with the cave sets adding to the movie's realism and authenticity.

In conclusion, The Descent is a must-watch for horror fans. The movie combines stellar performances from its leads, especially Shauna Macdonald, with an engaging plot, eerie setting, and a genuinely terrifying monster that makes it a classic of the genre. The movie spawned a 2009 sequel, but the original remains the definitive version, and its influence on horror movies that came after it is apparent.

The Descent is a 2005 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 71.

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    1 hr 39 min
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    7.2  (240,987)
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