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Running Time:
1 hour, 39 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong violence/gore and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A terrifying horror thriller.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary with director and crew; Audio commentary with director and cast; "The Descent: Beneath the Scenes"; Deleted and extended scenes; Storyboard and scene comparisons; Outtakes; Descending: interview with director Neil Marshall; Stills gallery; Cast and crew biographies; 16x9 widescreen version; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX audio; 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles.

The Descent
Once a year six women get together to test their limits and to do something as exciting as it is dangerous. Hoping this trip will re-connect her to her friends and to herself again, and still grieving over the loss of her daughter and husband, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald "The Debt Collector") journeys from Britain to join five other friends in a remote portion of the Appalachian Mountains for their yearly adventure.

This yearís outing is to be a cave expedition. Unbeknownst to the others, the trek's fearless leader and Sarah's best friend, Juno (Natalie Mendoza "The Great Raid"), has deliberately chosen a cave system that's not in the guide books, ostensibly so that they can have a true adventure, and will be able to claim it as their own. But after a cave-in while they are exploring during their initial descent, Sarah, Juno, Beth (Alex Reid "Last Orders"), Rebecca (Saskia Mulder "The Beach"), punky Holly (Nora-Jane Noone "The Magdalene Sisters") and Sam (MyAnna Buring "The Omen") are forced to find another way out of the cave and to safety. What they donít realize is that they arenít alone in there, and that there are things that have been living in the cave for a very long time.

Soon their adventure spirals into one of madness as the body count begins. This brutal film directed by Neil Marshall has been expertly photographed, well acted, and is extremely scary. Marshall used many special effects on "Dog Soldiers," his last film in 2002, and demonstrates that he's really learned how to shoot creatures and horrific moments. All of his skills are evident here. The only problem with the film might be the questionable ending, but except for that, this is a mighty terrifying thriller.

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