Cert: 15 Runtime: 121 mins Director: Denis Villeneuve Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Berthnal and Victor Garber
This is a land of wolves now
Denis Villeneuve has established himself as a promising film-maker with pictures like Prisoner, Incendies and Enemy. He is soon to helm the much anticipated Blade Runner sequel along with his new partner in crime Roger Deakins. Sicario is his latest venture, we yet again go down a dark and twisted rabbit hole. We tackle the Mexican drug trade and it’s impact on both sides of the border. So what is Sicario about? After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo).
First of all welcome back Benicio Del Toro! He really makes Sicario powerful. Very mysterious, dark and just an overall bad-ass. I would hope he gets the plaudits he deserves for his role. it was a master stroke by Villneuve to cut Del Toro’s dialogue down, his expressions alone said a story. Sicario is a tense film, I couldn’t honestly see where it was going. Conversations between characters leave you with your jaw dangling on the floor. We like mystery, we love suspense and we love unpredictability! I wouldn’t class Sicario higher than Prisoners but Villneuve can do no wrong. He has a similar appetite to David Fincher, there dark sides a very strong and this is my favourite form of cinema. Sicario
wouldn’t have succeeded without Roger Deakins behind the lens.The aerial shots between the USA and Mexico are phenomenal it really gives a great contrast to the two countries and it’s current drug and migrant issues. The night shots with the infra-red is just crazy, Deakins actually used these cameras rather than sending it to post-production. Johan Johansson’s score is very subtle but sinister it really packs a punch when it’s needed but very similar to the Prisoners score. The screenplay has some great dialogue between characters, but I did feel it didn’t flow as well as I anticipated.
Emily Blunt gives another strong yet diverse performance. Kate seemed to have a lot more baggage than a few of her previous roles. She was very fragile for the position she healed in the FBI. The unfortunate aspect of the character was she seemed as a passenger through out and not key to the mission. Very weak female role for Blunt compared to her repertoire. Josh Brolin wasn’t an annoying Texan in Sicario *hallelujah*, he was a great instigator through out. But it felt like his character never developed and it’s a great shame. Lionsgate have announced Sicario will have a sequel, personally this shouldn’t happen it ended strongly. Sicario is a strong powerhouse of a film and by far one of my personal favourites. Denis Villneuve has a great future ahead of him and I look forward for the next dark journey.