‘Desolate’ (2019) Movie Review: Slow Burn Done Right

Sometimes I like to check out films that aren’t more normal cup of tea. Based on the trailer, Desolate plays out like a thriller drama with incredible talent and intriguing story, so I figured why not give it a shot.

From Director Frederick Cipoletti (Reaper 2014) comes an exciting new revenge drama called Desolate (2018). The film stars Will Brittain (Kong: Skull Island 2017 – read our review here), Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire 2014), Tyson Ritter (lead singer of The All-American Rejects), and Bill Tangradi (Argo 2012).


Synopsis for Desolate

Farmers force their youngest brother down a path of crime and violence in order to survive. Betrayed by his brother after a robbery gone wrong, Billy is left for dead in an unfamiliar land. He must do whatever it takes to survive, endure and seek the revenge he deserves.

I’m super glad that I gave this film shot because it delivered on all aspects for me. As previously mentioned, it plays out like a drama thriller mixed in with a modern western feel. It’s tension packed, violent, and driven with top notch performances.

James Russo, Bill Tangradi, Tyson Ritter, Will Brittain, and Jonathan Rosenthal in Desolate (2018)
James Russo, Bill Tangradi, Tyson Ritter, Will Brittain, and Jonathan Rosenthal in Desolate (2018)

All of the characters brought something to the table. I loved the loyalty between the family despite how toxic it was. Tyson Ritter is not only blessed with a beautiful voice, but proves he’s an incredibly talented actor as well. His character was a loose cannon waiting to explode, and he portrayed this beautifully.

With robberies, comes guns and lots of blood and there’s plenty of this in Desolate. There’s some pretty brutal scenes, but nothing to gorey or extreme. It’s the dialogue, cinematography, and scenery in the film that really makes this one special and stand out.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this film. It’s a bit of a slow burn at first, but once the action stop… it doesn’t end. The performances are excellent and make you feel like your right there with me… which is kind of scary giving the premise. Desolate is now available in select theaters and can also be found on digital platforms. Be sure to check it out!

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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