In December 2013, it was announced that Denis Villeneuve would direct a Mexican border drama, Sicario scripted by Taylor Sheridan. Emily Blunt signed on to the film in April 2014, shortly followed by Benicio del Toro. Jon Bernthal and Josh Brolin joined the film in May, and cinematographer Roger Deakins was also hired. This is a gritty crime drama that has an outstanding cast. Kate Macer played by Emily Blunt and her partner Reggie Wayne played by Daniel Kaluuya are on a kidnapping raid with their FBI Special Weapons and Tactics Team when they soon discover there is more to this raid than first expected and it takes them down a path that exposes a connection with the Mexican drug cartels. Kate is recommended by her supervisor Dave Jennings played by Victor Garver to Matt Graver played by Josh Brolin a CIA Special Activities Division officer undercover as a supposed United States Department of Defense adviser leading a team of SFOD-D operators who are searching for the men responsible, one of them being cartel boss Manuel Díaz played by Bernardo P. Saracino. Kate agrees to volunteer, eager to finally make a difference. Kate soon learns that what she was told the destination and the objective was isn't the truth and she is introduced to Alejandro Gillick played by Benicio Del Toro. Kate is an expert at reading people and situations and she realizes there is more to this mission than she has been told. She is put in dangerous situations and lied to at every turn until finally she demands some answers from Graver who lets her know in no uncertain terms exactly what her purpose is and it's merely to make the actions of the objective legal. She follows through with the mission putting herself in harms way all the while trying to uncover the real objective and when she finally gets all the answers she is searching for all her ideas about making a difference are shattered and she realizes she was never there to help make a difference. This movie pulled no punches and stayed true to a brutal story about the war on drugs and the constant fight to control it. Del Toro gives an amazing performance and so outstanding that Lionsgate has commissioned a spin-off, centering on del Toro's character. Writer Taylor Sheridan with Villeneuve also involved is overseeing the project. Which I believe he truly deserves. I want to give special recognition to Roger Deakins whose cinematography was excellent in this film. There are a few scenes shot during the film that were brilliant and a great viewing experience. Lionsgate set the film for a limited release in the United States on September 18, 2015 and a wide release on October 2, 2015. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015. It was selected to be shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11. Sicario is currently in Theaters.