The trailer for Sicario, which has 7.8 out of 10 stars on IMDB and 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, didn’t tell me what I was in for when I started this movie. I knew it had something to do with the cartels, but I didn’t know exactly how it would play out in the film. I think that lack of knowledge made the film all the more enjoyable.
Emily Blunt plays Kate Macer, an FBI agent, who is recruited into a special task force that she has to volunteer for to take down part of a cartel that is responsible for killing some of her team. Josh Brolin plays Matt Graver who is the head of the task force tells her barely anything about the team and what her role will be. She meets Alejandro, played by Benicio Del Toro, on the plane to her first mission and she quickly realizes she is in something very different then what she was expecting.
All the actors do a terrific job in this film, but Benicio Del Toro definitely shines. His character is mysterious and ruthless and Del Toro plays it well. I wanted to know more about his past and his motivation the more he was on screen. His presence shines above the others and the chemistry between Blunt and he is strong on screen.
My favorite scene is the first mission with the task force. For the most part it’s an intense car ride through Mexico. Kate and the audience are basically clueless as to why they are the ones retrieving a prisoner from Juarez, Mexico. Everything goes smooth till they get stuck in traffic once crossing back into the U.S. Alejandro quickly notices two cars that look like cartel groups trying to get the prisoner. They make quick work of the two cars in the middle of a huge traffic jam full of civilians. Kate is in shock at this total breech of protocol.
If you’ve read a review about this film, you have most likely heard about the cinematography, which is credited to Roger Deakins (Skyfall, True Grit, No Country For Old Men, among many others). The camera work in this film is amazing and the perspectives and movement of the cameras are impressive at times. The choices made with the camera work really help build the tension of scenes as much as the score, which is also great. The sequence with night vision is really stunning visually, but also really makes the suspense feel real.
This is the first film I’ve seen directed by Denis Villeneuve, but it likely won’t be the last. He directed Prisoners in 2013, which I didn’t get to see, however, it may make it into the 366. I give Sicario 9 out of 10 FBI agents and please follow my blog at Berkreviews.com.