`Descent' goes to great depths to ensnare any viewer

review B+

August 04, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

The Descent is the most exhilaratingly horrifying movie to come out in years, a squirm-inducing exercise in terror that relentlessly preys on one of the most basic human fears, the fear of being trapped.

Writer-director Neil Marshall has such a firm grasp of what scares us, and translates that knowledge to the screen so expertly, that it's almost possible to overlook the ill-conceived excesses of the film's second half, where it stops just short of devolving into yet another splatter-fest.

The Descent (Lionsgate) Starring Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza. Written and directed by Neil Marshall. Rated R. Time 99 minutes.

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