Desolate Review

Fellow movie-goers: Disturbing movie in so many ways.
6 Plot: Story was decent but could not decide the genre.
8 Acting: Decent acting for the most part.
6 Directing: Cipoletti did a decent job but it was also kind of lost in genre hell.
7 Pacing: Most of it moved along well, but drags in moments.
6.8

Here’s the premise:  While trying to survive the worst drought in history, a family of farmers force their youngest brother down a path of destruction; betrayed and left for dead in an unfamiliar land, he must survive, endure and seek the revenge he deserves.

First, the movie was fairly well acted, and the story was pretty good, even though it was like a mesh up of about 4 different genres. I felt like they did not know what kind of movie they wanted to make, part western, part destopia future, part ganster movie. Desolate keeps you twisted around so much that it is hard to enjoy the movie as it stands. Along with the issue that there is no character that is worth cheering for, the youngest brother is supposed to be the good guy buy does not act like it most of the time. The other brothers, the dad, all the people they meet….no redeeming characters what so ever. I also did not buy that because of a drought, that this whole town just turned pure evil; robbing, killing, turning women into sex slaves; that was the one spot that the writing lacked.

Overall, it was an interesting movie, but the lack of direction on what kind of movie it was ultimately just ruined the movie.

Russell Lockhart

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Open Date: 7/12/19
Movie URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG0L-Ii6IPc
Director: Frederick Cipoletti
Cast: Will Brittain, Callan Mulvey, Tyson Ritter

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