Main Plot Points:
- In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. A Lionsgate presentation, a Black Label Media presentation, a Thunder Road production, a Denis Villeneuve film.
What We Thought:
- Sicario is slightly disappointing. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but I heard it was fantastic and I don’t think it’s fantastic.
- Benicio Del Toro is fantastic in it. He’s one of the best actors going today and he’s creepy, sneaky and deadly in this. I actually would have preferred a movie just about him and would love a prequel film about his character.
- Josh Brolin is good as well. You’re never quite sure if he’s in control, if he’s being upfront and honest about what they are doing and you want that in this type of character. He gives just enough information to get people to follow him, but you’re never quite sure if he’s on the level.
- My biggest problem is the Emily Blunt character. She looks like a pawn in the system and gets the snot kicked out of her non-stop. She wants to be true and righteous, but never truly stands up and gets things done. She gets beat up, choked out, shot at and at the end still doesn’t stand up and do right. You want to see her redeem herself and have something come of all her hardship, but I didn’t see her going through any type of arch that developed her character further.
- It’s a shame too because the film would have been really good with that character being stronger. It has a strong balance of action and story. It gets tense and has a great soundtrack that adds to that tension.
- It has some realistic fighting/action/shoot outs. Most movies are so CGI’d today that they seem fake. Some of it has night vision type scenes, but overall I thought the movie and the action sequences were very realistic and understandable to the environment they were in.
- Sicario has solid action and intensity. I just wish there was more to the characters besides Benicio Del Toro’s. You truly understand why he’s doing what he’s doing, but you can’t say that about anyone else. It’s a good movie, but I wanted to love it. I expected it to be one of my favorite films of the year and it’s just not.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Emily Blunt
- Benicio Del Toro
- Josh Brolin
- Jeffrey Donovan
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