Descent Release Date: 2005 Genre: Sci-Fi Director(s): Terry Cunningham (Con Express, Code Hunter) Writer(s): Michael Konyves (upcoming Solar Strike and Caved In) Starring: Luke Perry, Michael Dorn,Natalie Brown Ugh. Descent is nothing more than direct-to-video trash that rips off the plot from The Core, which was itself a piece of Hollywood trash. Luke Perry – […]

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Descent
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Sci-Fi
Director(s): Terry Cunningham (Con Express, Code Hunter)
Writer(s): Michael Konyves (upcoming Solar Strike and Caved In)
Starring: Luke Perry, Michael Dorn,Natalie Brown

Ugh.

Descent is nothing more than direct-to-video trash that rips off the plot from The Core, which was itself a piece of Hollywood trash.

Luke Perry – the scientist. Yeah. After a government project leads to the earth’s tectonic plates shifting, Dr. Luke Perry (or Jake Rollins if you want to be particular) and his two bumbling sidekicks are brought into fix things. Under the watchful and cautious eye of General Fielding (Dorn), who is worried more about protecting the government than saving the earth, Rollins, his ex-girlfriend, and some random jerk team up for a not-so fantastic journey to the center of earth.

I had read several negative reviews of Descent before I popped it in. Once I did start it, I began to think that those reviews came from the general negative attitude that most critics hold towards b-movies. Considering that I hold Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying in nearly the highest of regards, enjoying Descent despite the negativity surrounding it wouldn’t have come as a surprise to me. But no, after an initial fifteen minutes that was bad but not horrendous, Descent nosedived. I’m talking scientific jargon read by the actors as if they had the script out of frame, sequences that are ripped from The Core that weren’t even good to begin with, and absurd event after absurd event. It’s mind numbingly bad.

Descent doesn’t even manage to deliver in the way that a movie like Category 6: Day of Destruction did. Day of Destruction was stupidity defined, yet I gave it a good rating because I love movies where the world gets figuratively F’ed in the A. The destruction that the tectonic plate shift causes takes up less than a minute of screen time, and even then it’s not anything worthwhile.

Surprisingly enough, Luke Perry isn’t bad at all in his role.
DVD: Barebones.

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