Sicario: Film Review – An Intense and Angst-y Affair

Verdict: You should not miss this action-packed close call with the cartel!

There’s enough chomp in the drug trade to create many fascinating stories out of the lives of the ones involved in this messy affair. But to work out the story line brilliantly and then go ahead and direct it as realistically as possible… this is a coup achievable only by a master of film-making. Director Denis Villeneuve has achieved this feat quite remarkably in Sicario
 
Sicario starts with a high-voltage rescue operation in the middle of Arizona with Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) leading the charge. The operation quickly turns into something else and we are shown a mind-numbing sight (we’ll spare you the gory details), with deeper connections to the Narcoland across the border. Enter the dashing and slightly reprehensible drug-enforcement chief, Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), who wears slippers during official meetings and doesn’t believe in playing by the book. But he convinces Kate to join their mission to El Passo, to bring the monsters responsible for the Arizona crime to justice. She’s taken on a jet where she meets Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), a Mexican ‘adviser’. She discovers that they are in fact traveling to Juárez, not El Passo and slowly the mission grows way beyond her understanding. 
At this point, we begin to feel Kate’s frustration. With little information and en route a dangerous mission, she discovers Mexico is a land beyond repair. This is exactly how Sicario portrays the country- drug cartel wars, locals playing football, tattooed Mexicans with guns, the story of a drug-cop and his son- cliches have been used in plenty, and well. Kate’s character has been shown to have a strong sense of black and white, which her colleagues lack. Their moral compass is faulty and doesn’t take long to waver – of course, only in the interest of the larger picture. 
 
Emily does a fine job in a role that demands a lot. She stays true to her character’s frustrated state- a woman who is made to struggle with her morals and her duty. Performances of the other actors also impress and we enjoy the realism that the movie presents. However, the movie lacks a strong sense of purpose. What starts off as a very strong drug-war film, loses its sight in the blue light of the night and thermal vision, and takes a twist, as we learn of a revenge sub-plot. Thankfully, it isn’t overpowering and manages to just add to the dramatic effect that’s lacking in the rest of the film. 
  
The film manages to bind together the aspects and consequences of a drug war, and gives us the sad reality that is prevalent in these regions. The savage and brutal incidents shown only take the film closer to reality. The last scene of the film manages to touch you and you realize a few miles away from the USA border, there’s a world which is very different from the one we know. 
 
Why You Should Watch This Movie: 
Watch Sicario to experience the thrill and angst of the drug war. With nuances of cartel operation, corruption, brutality and morals dealt with realistically, Sicario presents itself as a neatly wrapped gift to all who can dare to open this Pandora’s box.   

Release Date: 9th Oct 2015
Language: English
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Cast & Crew: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovon, Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya
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