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.
User Reviews: Desierto is a movie that tries to tackle a very serious topic with a handful of caricatures and two very good actors which are lazily directed.
From a purely technical stance it tries to offer up some captivating shots during its first couple of minutes but it becomes quite clear as the movie progresses that Quaron does not know how to shoot a chase sequence, which this movie basically is. It’s one big horror movie chase sequence that leaves a lot to desire in terms of dialog and pacing.
The most concerning thing is that one leaves the movie without knowing what the directors intentions were. Was it to shine a light on the topic? to make a polarizing movie? to get some sort of radical reaction from the viewer? to serve as a cautionary tale?
In any case, it ends up being a pretty tasteless and irresponsible treatment of a serious topic and it doesn’t offer up anything else as a possible saving grace.