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Desierto (2015)

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A group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States encounter a man who has taken border patrol duties into his own racist hands.

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Moises
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Sam
Alondra Hidalgo ...
Adela
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Mechas
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Lobo
David Peralta Arreola ...
Ulises
Óscar Flores Guerrero ...
Ramiro
Erik Vázquez ...
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Border Patrol
Aquileo De Jesús Calihua ...
Migrant
Dionicio Roberto Avilés García ...
Migrant
Víctor Alfonso Zárate Mendoza ...
Migrant
Claudia Angélica Amador Castellanos ...
Migrant
Francisco Jhonnathan Toscano Usnaya ...
Migrant
Dolores Micaela Guzmán Méndez ...
Migrant

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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. Written by STX Entertainment

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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13 April 2016 (France)  »

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Desierto - Border Sniper  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$514,282 (USA) (14 October 2016)

Gross:

$1,828,933 (USA) (4 November 2016)
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lew Temple have appeared in The Walking Dead (2010). Temple played inmate Axel back in the prison episodes in season three, and Morgan plays Negan in season six and beyond. See more »

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The M1 Garand receiver has a cocking handle on the right side only. Scenes show the shooter cocking from the left side. See more »

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Sam: Welcome to the land of the free.
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TIFF 2015 -- Desierto: Running in the desert while being chased by a racist with a sniper
20 September 2015 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

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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