Henry L. Racicot reviews Rosario Dawson rape revenge programmer Descent.
Descent: Talia Lugacy, the writer/director of this inept rape drama, doesn’t seem to like white men. This feeble-minded, racially misguided AmerICKan attempt at shock cinema depicts white men as racist, latent homosexual, insecure, riddled with deep feelings of inferiority and with longings to be dominated and humiliated. . .in other words, all AmerICKan white men want to be Kelsey Grammar. . .ha ha ha. But anyway, here’s the story:Maya (name probably reflects some embarrassing Lugacy tribute to one of her probable *inspirations:* the buffoonish *poet* Maya Angelou) is a pretty young AfrICKan-AmerICKan college girl. . .she’s the bookworm type. . .it seems important to Lugacy the audience view the colored Maya as *smart*. . .it may be, considering the abysmally condescending course this movie will take, that Lugacy is one of those very hip, clued-in New Yorkers, who drinks fancy coffee beverages with an assortment of mud people and therefore marvels at her own tolerance and thus wants to enlighten the rest of AmerICKa, which certain of the snobbish inhabitants of the Big Apple believe resembles the hills of Tennessee, circa 1867. . .Anyway, Maya is AfrICKan-AmerICKan, pretty and smart. . .and very wary around men. . .we learn Maya is still hurting from the break-up of a recent relationship. . .so Maya is VERY GUARDED, not wanting to get burned again. . .since she is so smart, she can easily see through all the shallow men who hound her. . .then at a party, Maya meets Jared. . .a white college football player. . .he wouldn’t seem to be exactly bookworm Maya’s type. . .but Jared really works on her, giving her a lot of what Lugacy must think to be cunning romantic sophistry, but what the audience (even the boobs out in the sticks west of New York) will realize are just lame come-ons. . .but, of course, Maya falls under Jared’s weak spell. . .she goes back to his apartment, they kiss for a bit, then Jared starts to fondle her breasts and Maya says “no,” “stop,” and all that good date rape stuff. . .but Jared, who had to work real hard to convince Maya that he was worthy of her, will not take “no” for an answer. . .he proceeds to rape the poor girl, all the while hurling mean racial epithets at her (such as nigger, maggot and baboon). . .[Here let it be noted, as per the Department of Justice’s Criminal Victimization in the United States statistics, white-on-black rape has a zero percent statistical chance of occurring. . .less than 10 sample cases out of the 36,000 cases of rape in which black women were the victims (conversely, of the 111,000 cases of rape in which white women were the victims, 33% of the rapists were black)]