You’ve probably had enough of Donald Trump by this point, but the team behind Jonás Cuarón’s feature directorial debut “Desierto” have cleverly used the short-fingered candidate’s words for their own purposes.
Fueled by the leading Republican candidate’s hate-driven speech on how “the U.S. has become the dumping ground for everyone else’s problems,” the monologue provides a powerfully stark, somber tone for what the oppressed individuals face in “Desierto” when making their way to the land of the free and home of the brave. The ongoing threat over their heads feels real and imperative as the Trump declares these immigrants “not the best” the country has to offer, especially as we witness Gael García Bernal and his fellow cast members struggle to make it over the border. And such hard-headed beliefs are what seemingly inspire Jeffrey Morgan’s character to take action once he starts shooting them down one-by-one in this tense, tight-looking little heart-pounder.
Whether or not he finds himself our 45th president (let’s hope not), Trump certainly knows how to set the stage for the filmmaking debut of Alfonso Cuarón’s son. Watch below. “Desierto” opens later this year.