These days movies need to stand out, they must have that thing, whatever that element is that makes that movie unique, makes it something to watch out of the surplus of entertainment options we have.
The movie I am reviewing today, the crime thriller Desiree (aka The Chemist), is a good example of that.
This is the story of Eric Ashworth, played by Joseph Morgan (“The Originals (TV)”, “Casualty (TV)”), an experimental chemist who wakes up in a New Orleans jail, accused of arson that is linked to an illegal drug-manufacturing ring.
Suffering from Amnesia, Eric must piece together his past to find his missing girlfriend Desiree and fend off deathly threats from Walton Goggins (“Tomb Raider“, “The Hateful Eight“) as Blanc, a high stakes drug runner looking for payback.
So what sets Desiree apart from all the other mystery thrillers out there? What made this captivating to me was how Desiree looks and feels like a 50’s period piece, while it clearly was not. It took great collaboration between all departments to maintain this delicate balance.
The lush, contrast of earth tones lensed by cinematographer Pedro Luque, the seamless work of costume designer Dana Embree and the world around these characters created by production designer John Richoux. Of course, this all has to lead to the top.
Ross Clarke (“Skid Row”, “Heroes & Demons”) is the Writer/Director/Producer of Desiree, he clearly worked well with his team to create this single vision. The end result, Desiree is a gumbo-noir trip well worth taking.