Desierto | Full Movie

  • R
  • 1h 28m
  • 2016
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From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of Gravity, comes the modern, heart-pounding suspense-thriller starring Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, Y Tu Mamá También) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead, Watchmen). 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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Desierto's thought-provoking themes and refreshing perspective are unfortunately offset by a predictable plot and thinly written characters.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Simplistic but gripping thriller has violence vs. migrants.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Desierto is a thriller about a white American who ruthlessly hunts Mexican migrants near the countries' border. Violence is frequent and intense, with shooting and killing, blood spurts and bloody pools, dead bodies, animals killed in horrific ways, a vehicle crash, and other tense moments. Language is also strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole" (spoken in both English and Spanish, with English subtitles). A man gropes at a young woman despite her protests. The villain regularly drinks whisky from a bottle and smokes cigarettes, with no consequences. It's an effective thriller, though perhaps simplistic in terms of social commentary around the issues of race and immigration.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:October 14, 2016
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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