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A group of Mexican emigrants attempts to cross the Mexican-US border. What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a new life becomes a harrowing 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 continuously discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.

Actors: Gael García Bernal , Jeffrey Dean Morgan , Diego Cataño , Marco Pérez , Alondra Hidalgo , Oscar Flores
Directors: Jonás Cuarón
Release: 2016-04-13
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  • Jared Mobarak

    As for the politics, even though the characters are stereotypes playing on the public’s liberal assumptions of human rights, Desierto is less interested in holding one side above the other as much as showing the true-to-life tragedy real life brings.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Cuaron’s movie may be an exaggerated nightmare vision of murderous xenophobia run amok, but the catharsis in this tale of survival and payback is undeniably real.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Desierto never amounts to much more than a variation on a theme we know by heart, predictable at every single sandy step they take.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    If the story is meant to represent a microcosm of the immigration problem, it’s woefully reductive. If it’s meant to be first and foremost an action thriller, it does have a few nice moves to offer.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    While engaging, this Desierto is a little dry.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Allan Hunter

    The issue of immigration couldn’t be more timely or poignant, but everything else in Desierto feels strictly by the book and it is a book we already know from cover to cover.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    Any perceptive dialogue or contemporary socio-political subtext is pummeled by Jonás Cuarón’s preference for empty genre thrills.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Nikola Grozdanovic

    With a bare minimum amount of suspense, and a screenplay that needs too much work for one that has so many long stretches of silence, this film leaves you with too many reasons not to care about it.

    The Playlist Full Review
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