Can’t seem to get away from it – I don’t even want to use the word in these opening lines for fear of the ‘flogging a dead horse’ bit. But it was Java who had got back last week with the DVD ‘Descent’, starring Rosario Dawson – she of Death Proof’ fame and obviously a Quentin Tarantino / Robert Rodriguez favourite – that we watched last night. The movie was directed and co-written by Talia Lugacy, a close friend of Dawson and was co-produced by Dawson as well. The plot is pretty simple. A serious college student, played by Dawson, is raped by the college reserve-quarterback, Jared, played by Chad Faust, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer and who finally persuades her to accompany him to his apartment after a date.

The date-rape changes Dawson’s character, Maya, from a studious loner to someone who frequents clubs and indulges in drugs, sex and learns what intimidation is all about from her association with Adrian, a black DJ, played by Marcus Patrick, whose bullying of a white male admirer, flashes her on the extreme intimidation she felt when Jared kept grunting racial and gender-based epithets as he violated her. Director Lugacy’s technique is absorbing in spite of long and slow sequences and Dawson, who fills the screen for the most part, is quite brilliant in her portrayal of someone who lets her traumatic experience simmer until it reaches boiling point when she gets her own back. And does she ever!

Reviews compare the scene to the one in Gaspar Noe’s ‘Irreversible’, and I can see where they are coming from, but won’t get into details in case you want to catch the movie and for fear of being a spoiler. Suffice it to say that it is somewhat over the top (to put it mildly!), but riveting nonetheless.

So, getting back to the beginning of this post – ‘sex’ is very much in my personal blogosphere these days, unintentional of course, but in my experience these things happen in cycles, so, as Java usually suggests, we jus be goin wit dat flow.

Check the movie out though, it’s a pretty good watch – in spite of the sex!

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