An FBI agent is enlisted into a task force whose mission is to aid the war against drugs at the border between the U.S and Mexico.
Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) is back with his latest thriller and yet again proving he's one of the finest directors working today. He blew me away in 2013 with Prisoners and messed with my head with 2014's Enemy and now left me breathless with 2015's Sicario.
Emily Blunt (Edge Of Tomorrow) leads the film as idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer, and whilst Macer isn't the most interesting of characters, Blunt gives a great performance. Macer acts as the films conduit and conscience, allowing the audience to see the story through her eyes and that's really the biggest purpose she serves as a character, she's constantly beaten down reminding her of the cruel world she's now in. Her character could have been very one note as similar character usually are in these films; devoted to her job, no social life and no outside desires. But Macer is different, yes she's incredibly devoted to her job and lacks a social life but we can see that she does want to have one, she has outside desires and this made her feel like a human being instead of a movie trope.
Josh Brolin (Everest) also stars as Macer's Special Forces boss and he's fine as always but the real star of the film is Benicio Del Toro (Guardians Of The Galaxy) who is fully deserving of an Oscar nomination for his great performance. Del Toro plays Alejandro, a man who seems to just be allied with the U.S government to help with this mission, he is without a doubt the film's greatest asset and really steals the film especially in the edge of your seat finale. Alejandro is a loose cannon, he's twitchy and unpredictable yet there's a comforting quality to him, you really never know where this character is going.
The story of Sicario isn't a great one up until the final act where things really come into perspective, but it's Villeneuve's excellent way of storytelling and the way he builds tension that makes Sicario one of the finest films of 2015. Acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins shoots the film and does a beautiful job especially in the scenes at nighttime, he really brings the story to life with his incredible visuals and needs to be nominated for this tremendous work. He has the ability to make even the most boring of locations such as a interrogation room look astounding and interesting.
I've never been a fan of U.S vs Cartel movies, I find them quite cliche and if I'm going to be fully honest so it's a credit to Sicario that it kept me hooked throughout. What makes Sicario different from a lot of other films in the same genre is the constant questioning of morals and the obscure line the characters are walking on between right and wrong. Blunt's Macer brings it up several times; are they doing the right thing? Are they going about it in the right way?
This is an action thriller and Villeneuve does a great job of incorporating some terrific action but not making it overpower the story and the film's themes. He's constantly questioning morality and ethics whilst making a fully entertaining film at the same time.
Much like Prisoners, Sicario is a very dark film, it's very violent, sometimes gory and there's not many optimistic or hopeful moments and if there is one or two, they are quickly shot down. This definitely is not a film for everyone but one I definitely recommend, it's one of my favorite films of 2015 and one I implore you to see.
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