Film Review: “Sicario” by Blade Brown
Review: Sicario is a movie I’ve been looking forward to since I first saw the preview. Director Denis Villeneuve’s last movie Prisoners was a phenomenal film with a cliffhanger ending that you’ll either love or hate. One thing’s for sure, he doesn’t believe in happy endings. Sicario follows his trend, as it shows a dark look at what goes on behind the scenes with the war on drugs.
Following a horrific discovery on a raid in which most of her team is killed, FBI agent Kate Macer is recruited by Department of Justice advisor Matt Graver who’s leading a strike team that’s hunting the man responsible for the death of her team, and many others. Eager to make a difference, she accepts her role only to discover that she’s entered a world where the officers are just as ruthless as the criminals they’re after. Mike’s right hand, Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) is very mysterious, but it soon becomes clear that he’s the film’s Sicario (Hitman) who’s brought in to match the cartel’s brutality.
Following her great turn in Edge Of Tomorrow, Emily Blunt gives another solid performance and is proving she can hold her own in a action movie. But she’s also a good enough actress to handle the emotional transitions her character goes through. Josh Brolin is also good as the deceitful and determined Mike, who’s intentions throughout the movie don’t become clear until the end. But its Benicio’s show all the way. He commands attention every time he’s on the screen. The layers slowly start to peel and we start to understand who he is and why he’s doing what he’s doing. It all leads to a ruthless and realistic finale.
THE BOTTOM LINE
While not the movie I thought it would be, Sicario is still a very good movie. A morality tale that shows a honest and gritty portrayal at the war on drugs. But mark my words, Emily Blunt is going to be a superstar. That thing called “IT”, she’s definitely got it.
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