Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Written by: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin
So, this review of Sicario has been rolling around in my head for about a week now as I have been struggling with my impression of the film and how exactly to convey that. So here we go… boom.
Sicario is a tightly wound crime thriller – heavy on action and suspense. Emily Blunt is flawless as Kate Macer, an eager FBI agent tapped by a shadowy government task force to assist with their tactical war against drugs lords in control of the pipeline between the US and Mexico. Enter the head of the team, Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) along with his consort and shady consultant, Alejandro (played by Benicio Del Toro). These two tell Kate very little about their plans, means or methods, which get dicier with every development in the operation.
The story takes us on a twisty, stomach in knots, edgy ride. The irony that Kate is completely in the dark regarding the plans and players isn’t wasted on her — or us. In fact, even when she thinks she knows what she knows, she still has no concept of the true gravity of her situation.
If you like tense, gritty films about the war that wages between certain governments and cartels, then this one is for you. The performances are all outstanding. Benicio Del Toro is both sympathetic and terrifying at the same time – it just depends who is looking at him in that moment. And, that is no easy feat. Josh Brolin is so sleazy, you feel like you need a shower after – but that just means he’s doing his job right.
This is a great film, and people should see it… but it’s not going to attract everyone. Well done to scribe Taylor Sheridan and helmer Denis Villeneuve for turning this into a tightrope of a film. Sicario may not have the wide appeal or reign at the box office. But, this is a serious movie, and I’m thinking that Sicario will likely rake it in aplenty come Oscar time.
Cindy Says: At least ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars. Some folks will see this now, and the rest of you will be checking it out to see what the fuss is all about later!