To know how “The Descent” ends, we should begin on the actual inciting incident of the film. Not our leads getting into the cave, no. Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) loses her husband Paul (Oliver Milburn) and her daughter Jessica (Molly Kayll) in a automobile crash. Marshall shoots a pipe crashing by means of the windshield from Jessica’s POV, thus we see it impaling her father’s face head from behind earlier than it retains barreling in direction of the digital camera, and us.
One yr later, Sarah’s estranged pal Juno (Natalie Mendoza) arranges the caving journey to deliver their buddy group of adrenaline junkies again collectively. Necessary addendum: Juno and Paul have been having an affair, and this journey is Juno attempting to face the mixed guilt of that and abandoning Sarah whereas she was mourning.
Since this can be a horror film, the bonding of our leads — Sarah, Juno, Beth (Alex Reid), Rebecca (Saskia Mulder), Sam (MyAnna Buring), and Holly (Nora-Jane Noone) — is lower brief by a cave-in. It seems Juno introduced them to an uncharted cave system, not the vacationer lure they mentioned, to boost the journey. As they dig deeper in hopes of discovering an alternate exit, they uncover why this cave stays undisturbed. It is dwelling to “Crawlers,” feral flesh-eaters who appear to be Nosferatu Neanderthals.
The group is splintered and picked off one after the other, however Sarah and Juno turn into bonafide Crawler killers. Sadly, whereas preventing a Crawler, Juno unintentionally strikes Beth along with her pickaxe; a horrified Juno runs off, however not earlier than Beth grabs her necklace (holding a pendant from Paul, inscribed with “Love Every Day.”) Sarah then finds the dying Beth, who tells her to not belief Juno (sealing the deal by exhibiting her the pendant) and asks for a mercy killing.
Juno and Sarah, the final two left, each see themselves as murderers.