An FBI agent volunteers for a special assignment that turns
out to be a CIA-led operation to take out a drug cartel in Mexico.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Written by Taylor Sheridan
Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin,
Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya,
Maximiliano Hernández, Jeffrey Donovan
Oscar Nominations - Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing,
Best Original Score (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
Sicario is a superbly crafted crime drama and the most realistic depiction of the U.S./Mexico drug war that I have ever seen. This film does not hold back anything, delivering a poignant and harsh narrative about the drug trade in Juárez and how American operatives are involved in both setting up and knocking down potential kingpins. Led by powerhouse performances from Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro, Sicario will leave you wondering just where is the line and who isn't willing to cross it?
Emily Blunt plays naive FBI agent Kate Mercer, who is brought into an operation she believes is being led by the Department of Justice. Instead, she ends up in a shadowy CIA op led by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and a mysterious soldier named Alejandro (Del Toro). Once the op gets going, the tension mounts up high and does not drop down. Coupled with the fantastic score by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario takes a seriously intense turn and becomes a full-blown revenge thriller when Alejandro's true motives are revealed and his presence is suddenly made clear.
I thought this film was fantastic and I certainly hope it makes some serious waves. It doesn't waste its potential and instead uses it to create an interwoven series of events that weave together into a wildly entertaining film. Benicio Del Toro is always a reliable actor and Emily Blunt is finally stretching her acting chops and showing she has the talent to lead more dramatic projects. Sicario is a definite win for everyone involved.