The polemical impact of 'Goat' has inundated the critical discourse whereby films such as 'Burning Sands' are undermined with a 'law-of-diminishing-returns/lack-of-originality' label. Just because one film on the exploitative nature of the fratboy 'hell week' and hazing has been made, it does not mean that other contexts with similarities (and differences) should be discarded. This is another potent cautionary tale.
Burning Sands does nothing that GOAT didn't already achieve one year earlier. GOAT was an arresting look at masculinity that transcended time and age. Besides being focused on a black culture, there isn't anything new here. We've seen this all before: hell week, the uselessness of the hazing, the faux brotherly bond that is achieved through fraternity. It's all rather unmemorable and muted by it's look and feel.