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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 4.9/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Jonás Cuarón

Stars: Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo

What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.

Writers: Jonás Cuarón, Mateo Garcia, Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo, Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo, Diego Cataño, Marco Pérez, Oscar Flores, David Lorenzo, Butch McCain, , , , , , , , ,

Gael García Bernal - Moises
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Sam
Alondra Hidalgo - Adela
Diego Cataño - Mechas
Marco Pérez - Lobo
Oscar Flores - Ramiro
David Lorenzo - Ulises
Butch McCain - Radio Talk Show Host


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Country: Mexico, France

Language: Spanish, English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: Mexico

Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)

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User Review


Rating: 5/10

Gael García Bernal is one of many migrants who tries to cross into the United States in 'Desierto'. While he and many other migrants attempt to enter the United States via badlands and flat desert, the majority of them are picked off by a crazy, racist sniper. Bernal and a few others attempt to flee the crazy racist before they're left to rot in the desert.

This film pretty much had no script. What ever little dialogue it had wasn't terribly important, and the villain of the piece talked either to himself or his dog about getting out of the Hell that he lived in while near the border. This was confusing, considering how much he was defending his land from migrants, yet he wanted to leave the Hell that he was living in.

Also, when one watches a film in a packed theatre and people are laughing at important scenes, then either something was lost in translation, or the movie is a farce, and this movie wasn't lost in translation by any means. The villain was plain terrible.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, it won the the FIPRESCI Prize for Special Presentations. Feel like I need an explanation about this.

While it was shot in a decent way, one hopes that Jonás Cuarón pieces together a better script in the future.


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