Movie Review: Sicario
Nothing is ever black and white. In Sicario, the good guys sometimes have to do bad things when it comes to Mexican cartels and border towns.
Emily Blunt plays Kate Macer a cop who works border raids in Arizona. She’s a rising star that one day in what they think is a hostage retrieval she stumbles on the bigger, hidden side of the Mexican drug cartel doing things on this side of the border that supposedly don’t happen. Kate and her partner Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya) are called in and vetted by a special task force that never really tell her what they are going to do. There’s just one hitch, she has to volunteer for this. Thinking that she’s going to be doing the right thing and catching the bad guys she’s exposed to a very dark side on the other side when she ends up in Juarez, Mexico. Graver (Josh Brolin) who never really gives her enough info takes her on a prisoner retrieval mission where she meets Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). She’s never explicitly told what purpose he serves either but he takes a liking to her and whether she wants it or not she needs to listen to him.
Sicario is a powerful film where they constantly remind you to get a good outcome you sometimes have to do bad things. Emily Blunt more than holds her own in this cast and in her role as the rookie to the team who knows this can’t be right or legal but everyone outranks her. Her partner who’s even more in the dark is faster on the uptake and spends his time covering her back as she makes mistakes that threaten her life.
Time has definitely been kind to Benicio Del Toro. He effortlessly plays his role of Sicario which mean “hitman”. As Alejandro he’s cool when he needs to be and still commands the room in his scenes. He plays a deeply scarred but ruthless man who has an agenda. He story unfolding in pieces is the B plot but it’s so vital to the story that when it reaches its crescendo you realize that all the little nuggets were leading you to this point. In the end you know more about Alejandro than you truly know about Kate.
Sicario has some pretty graphic images so it might not make an ideal date night film but its very good nonetheless. Victor Garber, Jeffrey Donovan and Jon Bernthal also star.
My Rating: Full Price
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Release Date: Limited September 18, 2015 (Wide October 2)
Run time: 121 minutes
MPAA Rating: R