Starring: Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo , etc.
Release date: December 12, 2015 (Dubai International Film Festival)
Desierto is a single-minded film that efficiently does away with the opening niceties to get to its agenda: a cat-and-mouse game between a hunter and a survivor. As a no-frills thriller, the movie is remarkably well-crafted, not taking any time off from its fist-clenched teeth-grinding narrative. It sets the stakes so high, there is always a sense of imminent danger for *any* character.
A group of Mexicans are attempting to cross into the US illegally via the harsh borderland. Among them is car mechanic Moises (Gael García Bernal). When a remorseless racist hunter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) decides to take border-patrol duty in his own hands, the group must hide and run to survive, or get risk getting killed by the hunter or his vicious dog. What starts as an extermination becomes a gripping foot-chase for most of the length of the film.