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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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Jonás Cuarón
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Moises
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Sam
Alondra Hidalgo Alondra Hidalgo ... Adela
Diego Cataño ... Mechas
Marco Pérez ... Lobo
David Peralta Arreola David Peralta Arreola ... Ulises
Óscar Flores Guerrero Óscar Flores Guerrero ... Ramiro
Erik Vázquez Erik Vázquez ... Coyote
Lew Temple ... Border Patrol
Aquileo De Jesús Calihua Aquileo De Jesús Calihua ... Migrant
Dionicio Roberto Avilés García Dionicio Roberto Avilés García ... Migrant
Víctor Alfonso Zárate Mendoza Víctor Alfonso Zárate Mendoza ... Migrant
Claudia Angélica Amador Castellanos Claudia Angélica Amador Castellanos ... Migrant
Francisco Jhonnathan Toscano Usnaya Francisco Jhonnathan Toscano Usnaya ... Migrant
Dolores Micaela Guzmán Méndez Dolores Micaela Guzmán Méndez ... Migrant
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Storyline

A group of Mexican emigrants attempts to cross the Mexican-US border. What begins as a hopeful journey becomes a harrowing, bloody and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante and his loyal Belgian Malinois dog chase the group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous borderland. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer. Written by https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/258363-desierto

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | France

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

13 April 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Deserto See more »

Filming Locations:

Baja California, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$514,282, 16 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,828,933, 6 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,607,334, 30 October 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Desierto is the Spanish word for desert. See more »

Goofs

Sam has a truck, a dog and what appears to be a topographical map of the area where he's hunting. Since he can cover far more area, a great deal faster, than the people who he's hunting, why exactly is he chasing them? See more »

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[first lines]
Adela: [reading from a book] Leaving is a form of dying.
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The Ridge
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Written by Woodkid
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Desert Thriller delivers
31 August 2017 | by djderkaSee all my reviews

Actually I thought this was going to devolve into a procedural drama with those that witnessed the original shooting going to court and a whole 'trial movie'.

As I kept watching however, it turned into a very real horror movie. Just like the innocents are chased in Texas Chain saw, only this is very original and shot in the daylight in the desert.

I would not want to be in the desert in those conditions. Was surprised that Moises leaves Adela behind, saying 'he has a son'.

Great cinematography and direction. Different scenes in desert great > rocks, desert, cactus beds, and a hunt and chase scene that is thrilling and a little reminiscent of Duel. Very good well thought out and put together film.

The shooter Sam is an extreme typical stereotype by the left, all the Minute Men in the south report such illegal immigration to authorities they don't shoot them.

Commenters were right about the M! Garand and Sam is a little improbable making long shots without a tripod and several migrants moving in different directions. For having no military training he is too good a shooter and is a fantasy.

However, avoid the voice over sound track by the director, just more political diatribe about migrants who are really illegal immigrants. How about a film about illegals who commit crimes in US, like drunk driving, fake Soc Sec cards and shootings.


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