|Maya (Rosario Dawson) is just a smart college student eager for new experiences in Descent (Talia Lugacy, 2007)|
Talia Lugacy's Descent (2007) really stands out, not only because of its pointed critique of toxic masculinity, but its intersectional approach to both race and gender. Rosario Dawson really shines as the smart, ambitious Maya, who is only a first or second year student (although she looks a bit older) at a local University. Like any young student, she's invited to a party; she's not a heavy drinker, and she's wary of the phenomenal amount of douchebags lurking around every corner.
|A wary Maya attempts to party|
|Jared (Chad Faust) seems like a sweet date...until he isn't|
Fall arrives, and Maya soldiers on, even becoming a TA for one of her classes (as an undergrad!), but things go pear shaped when she notices that Jared is one of the students, AND she catches him cheating when she's proctoring an exam that he's taking. She calls him on it, and when he intimates that she misses him, she plays along, inviting him on a date where she calls the shots. Audiences anticipate that the revenge aspect of the film has finally arrived, and the film really doesn't get there until nearly the end, focusing far more on Maya's emotional journey prior to the vengeance.
|Jared enjoys submitting to Maya on their final date|
|Descent takes rape revenge in exciting new directions|