The descent, written and directed by the brilliant Neil Marshall, was a revelation in 2005. It starts with one or two systemic shocks and soon becomes an exercise in claustrophobia. After watching it on DVD tonight, I noticed it’s still tight. The one who manages to panic a little and hold my breath, although I have observed this many times over the years.
In the beginning my daughter and I watched it, and we were both impressed by the atmosphere and the many changes Marshall could make to the film. In the sense of a unique and unconventional horror, this talented maestro beats him out of a metaphorical park. (The first screening of this horror film took place around 2007).
I admit I was Marshall’s cheeky fanboy. After all, it’s the same person who brought us incredibly strange and adorable dog soldiers and my science fiction/thriller Doomsday correction).
Stand back! Stand back! Stand back! Ladies – an interesting group with Juno; (Natalie Mendoza) – the one who is guaranteed to be the last girl, Sarah; (Shauna McDonald), whose mind contains a large number of mixed emotions, and Beth; (Alex Reed) – an observer who identifies a certain chain of events in the movement and leads this ensemble. The dynamic connection between these three elements and the messy interplay runs along the main plot after the appearance of the film and shows the true depth of the story of this film.
Marshall said we could go out at the beginning of the movie if you want. The character of Mianna Bewring speaks of the dangers of fate. She mentions hallucinations, dehydration and disorientation as some of the many problems that searching the depths of the earth can cause. At the end of the film it’s too easy to imagine the scenario in which Sarah made it all up.
Juno’s affair with Sarah’s late husband, the blind, cannibalistic cave creatures and the final battle between Juno and Sarah – all this could be the plan of a woman who still needs medicine after the terrible death of her husband and child. The medicine she forgot to take in the cave. Sarah finally got stuck in this narrow, somewhat heart-shaped passage that stopped between the caves. Is it so hard to imagine a poor woman being trapped there and having a tense moment with Bardo?
Interestingly, the whole film leaves a tightness in the chest, characterized by shortness of breath and a slight feeling of panic. After that first terrifying jump (I still can’t follow a car with a load of copper or a couple of pipes from behind without an unpleasant feeling bordering on paranoia) until the last shot of Sarah’s apparent death, the ride is incredibly twisty and tense. I don’t usually suffer from claustrophobia. But Marshall’s offer, from start to finish, certainly puts me in that position.
In spite of the fact that The Descent is more than 15 years old, he manages to entertain the audience and put them in a very uncomfortable position. You can watch it for free on IMDB TV. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see these or any of the other Marshall films mentioned above, I strongly recommend that you watch them.
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