So, I know I had planned to see “Pulse” this weekend, but I’d heard some kickass things about “The Descent” so at the last minute I changed my mind. I was waaaay not sorry.
“The Descent” is about a group of friends, all women, who are into extreme-type sports, white water rafting, climbing, caving, that sort of thing. After a personal tragedy is experienced by one of the group, they all decide to reunite for a caving expedition. The trip goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them underground with not only their own personal issues and conflicts, but also with a large population of creepy albino cave dwellers out for blood. As friendships fall apart, the women struggle to survive not only the creatures, but each other.
This film was intense, and very graphic. The story pulls you in straight off the top, getting you, the viewer, completely involved in the lives of these fearless women, and then taking you down with them into the abyss, kicking and screaming all the way. You WILL be on the edge of your seat-trust me. The plot action is fierce right to the very end; from the claustrophobic cave scenes to pick ax wielding madwomen battling it out to the death.
Following the trend of the more intelligent horror genre we are witnessing now, this film follows suit, and offers not only “the scare” we have all come to experience, but also gives you something to chew on, and think about as you watch.
I highly recommend “The Descent” as a theater view, do not wait for the rental!
(Oh, and as a side note, the Cinemark theater I saw this at was very strict about ID for this movie-no admittance under the age of 18)