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Desierto Movie Review

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Desierto Movie Review
Desierto Stx Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Jonás Cuarón Written by: Jonás Cuarón, Mateo García Elizondo Cast: Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 10/5/16 Opens: October 13, 2016 “Desierto” portrays a scruffy bunch of Mexican border-crossers as decent people who would probably be hard-working if they make it, and an American gun-toter as a psychotic. This may be why one critic opines that the movie would not be on Donald Trump’s best-ten list. On the other hand, the psycho could conceivably be a candidate for Trump’s head of U.S. Border Patrol since he appears quite effective in dissuading illegals, [ Read More ]

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Exclusive Clip: Jeffrey Dean Morgan Is Terrifying in 'Desierto'

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  In Desierto, Confederate flag-waving, hard-drinking Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has only one thing on his mind: hunting illegal immigrants. As a truckload of Mexican migrants becomes stranded out in the desert, Dean's Sam picks them off one by one... until only two, Moises (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Adela (Alondra Hidalgo), are left on the run from Sam's relentless rifle attack.  In this clip, watch as they try to escape Sam's gunfire -- and his terrifying dog. Will...

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Newswire: A child’s toy nearly proves deadly in this exclusive clip from Desierto

To call the premise for Gravity writer Jonás Cuarón‘s new thriller Desierto “current” is an understatement. “Ripped from the headlines” would be more accurate, as a trailer for the film’s Mexican release featuring some anti-immigration statements from a certain extra-crispy presidential candidate would attest. The film follows a group of immigrants crossing the U.S./Mexico border whose already-brutal journey through the desert turns lethal after they’re targeted by a vigilante determined to take border security into his own hands.

The A.V. Club is premiering an exclusive clip from Desierto, featuring Gael García Bernal and Alondra Hidalgo as migrants Moises and Adela and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the villainous Sam. In the clip, a sentimental keepsake in Moises’ backpack nearly gives away his hiding place:

If the rest of the film is this tense, audiences are in for a real nail-biter when Desierto premieres in U
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Watch the New Trailer for Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto, Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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A sadistic hunter (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) sets his sights on human prey in the borderlands between Us and Mexico in the new trailer for Jonás Cuarón's Desierto.

Synopsis: "From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of Gravity, comes a unique, modern vision of terror. Desierto is a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller packed with tension and suspense from start to finish, starring Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries and Y Tu Mamá También) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (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."

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Hunts Gael García Bernal in New Trailer For Jonás Cuarón’s ‘Desierto’

After depicting an intense situation in Gravity, co-writer Jonás Cuarón will now do it again, stepping into the director’s chair, but this time on land. Desierto is a thriller starring Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Alondra Hidalgo, following the harrowing migrant experience for some. Once set for a release earlier this spring, Stx Entertainment moved it to a more politically timely slot next month and now we have a new trailer.

We said in our review, “A tense thriller of survival set against a desolate landscape of quiet austerity until the deafening sound of our heroes’ pursuer returns after a brief respite allowing these strangers the time to emotively talk about their lives—no, it’s not Gravity. Filmmaker Jonás Cuarón certainly has a type, though, since his sophomore effort in the director’s chair, Desierto, has a lot of formal similarities to his and father Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning ride.
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Desierto (2016) Movie Trailer: Jeffrey Dean Morgan Hunts Immigrants

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Desierto Movie Trailer. Jonás Cuarón‘s Desierto (2016) movie trailer stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Gael García Bernal and Alondra Hidalgo. Desierto‘s plot synopsis: “A group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States encounter a man who has taken up border patrol duties in his own racist hands.” It seems unfair to immediately mention the man’s father, […]
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Trailer For Jonás Cuarón’s 'Desierto' Is Here!

Stx Entertainment unveils the trailer for the visceral thriller "Desierto" from Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of Gravity, and starring Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Alondra Hidalgo.

From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of "Gravity," comes a unique, modern vision of terror.  "Desierto" is a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller packed with tension and suspense from start to finish, starring Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries and Y Tu Mamá También) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (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.

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Watch: First Trailer for Jonás Cuarón's Tiff-Winner 'Desierto' Starring Gael García Bernal And Jeffrey Dean Morgan

With Donald Trump stoking fears about scary Others, and forever talking about building a border spanning wall to keep out illegal immigrants, there are some films that serve as a reminder of what the actual immigrant experience is like. There's "Brooklyn," which beautifully conveys the sense of opportunity people around the world see in the country. And coming soon is Jonás Cuarón's upcoming "Desierto," which uses a heightened thriller structure to detail how border crossings are literally a life-and-death affair. Starring Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Alondra Hidalgo, the film tells the story of a man desperate to reunite with his family in the United States, and joins a group crossing over from Mexico illegally. But soon they are hunted down by a killer who wants nothing but to keep them out. Here's the official synopsis:  From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of...
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Gael García Bernal Gets Hunted in First Trailer For Jonás Cuarón’s ‘Desierto’

After co-writing the blockbuster Gravity with his father Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón is back — this time stepping into the director’s chair. Desierto is a thriller starring Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Alondra Hidalgo, and today we have the first trailer. Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the story depicts the migrant experience in an intense fashion.

“I took a trip through the U.S. Southwest where I encountered first-hand stories surrounding immigration and the often cruel and violent story of the migrant journey. I was very moved and immediately felt compelled to outline the film – which happened even before writing Gravity,” Cuarón says. “I’ve always been very interested in the concept of films like Spielberg’s Duel, Konchalovskiy’s Runaway Train and Bresson’s A Man Escaped. They are non-stop nail biting thrillers with very little dialogue but that at the same time manage to juggle various themes.
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[Tiff Review] Desierto

A tense thriller of survival set against a desolate landscape of quiet austerity until the deafening sound of our heroes’ pursuer returns after a brief respite allowing these strangers the time to emotively talk about their lives—no, it’s not Gravity. Filmmaker Jonás Cuarón certainly has a type, though, since his sophomore effort in the director’s chair, Desierto, has a lot of formal similarities to his and father Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning ride. Thematically different since the whole exists in the wasteland battlegrounds of the Mexican border, is fought by the impoverished rather than elite, and includes a villain possessed by a conscious psychopathy in his treatment of other human beings, it’s still difficult to separate the two when the same screenwriter worked on both.

This isn’t inherently a bad thing since Cuarón appears to have a handle on the cinematic construction of just such a suspenseful tale.
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