Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Desierto (2015)

Director: Jonás Cuarón. Cast: Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo. 94 min. Rated R. Mexico/France.

Rogue "patriot" American rifleman pursues and takes out a group of Mexicans in the desert crossing the border, one by one. Made by Alfonso Cuarón's son as part of the Mexican wave taking over US cinema in the past years, the movie features superb cinematography, flimsy dialogue, and near-zero character development. While the simplistic "us good Mexicans vs. them bastard gringos" suffuses the entire film, the heart-pounding suspense is worth it all. Looking forward to watching more sophisticated films by Cuarón junior, where the political rhetoric is toned down - because he does have some directing chops.

PS: After that Walking Dead Season 7 premiere and this, Jeffrey Dean Morgan sure is building a reputation for the most hated villain of 2016.

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