Sicario

Director: Denis Vilenueve

Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya

Release Date:  September 18, 2015

What’s it about?

Following a SWAT raid of a suspected Mexican cartel safehouse, FBI Agent Kate Mercer is recruited to join an inter-agency task force aiming to apprehend the Sonora Cartel lieutenant responsible for a bombing. As Kate dives deeper into the world of the CIA and drug cartels, she discovers that things are not as they seem and perhaps the former has bigger plans involving a mysterious man know as Alejandro, linked to the Medellin cartel.

What’s hot?

With gripping performances from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, Sicario is an intriguing movie with a complex plot. The movie is successfully able to maintain an air of mystery regarding the true motives of the task force. Director Denis Vilenueve masterfully creates drama and tension using silence, a sizzling background score, and bursts of violence. The border crossing scene is especially well executed with the viewer being transported into the scene and being made to feel every ounce of suspense before unleashing 9 seconds of an action sequence that leaves a lasting impact.

What’s not?

For all the intrigue of the plot, it is also a difficult one to follow. The border tunnel scene is a pivotal sequence, which though well attempted, eventually confuses the viewer to a certain extent. Furthermore, the movie’s execution of tense sequences reaches such a brilliant crescendo during the border crossing sequence, which is early in the movie, that the director’s inability to replicate that excitement later in the story line is noticeable, and takes the sheen off what is otherwise a solid movie.

I’d give this..

4 Stars – It’s a serious watch, so focus!

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