Sicario – r – 2015
given that the trailer for the sequel was just released i decided to review the first installment.
from director denis villeneuve (blade runner 2049), sicario tells the story of an fbi agent who is enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a brutal mexican drug cartel.
this movie succeeds from three components: a fascinating story, complex characters, and a thrilling execution – each complimenting each other.
sheridan’s script is intriguing and captivating, keeping audiences engaged every step of the way through. keeping with the usual elements of this genre, sheridan injects life and a fresh take into the scene with a new way to present it.
the characters bring the script to life and they are all well-crafted into memorable constructions. emily blunt as the fbi agent acts as the audience, being kept in the dark and along for the ride. benicio del toro as a contract ‘ghost’ is insanely calculating and cold; giving a sense of professionalism that you’d expect from a person of his caliber. his performance is magnetic, stealing every scene as his true motive is slowly revealed. he has these dead eyes that are haunting, perfect for the character. lastly, josh brolin is the quirky head of the operation that loves keeping people in the dark. these performances brought out by villeneuve are the best parts of this movie, without these performances the movie suffers greatly.
lastly, villeneuve’s execution of the story and characters are what takes this movie to the next level. with a tightly wound thrilling energy throughout the film, audiences are kept on edge blissfully unaware of what is peeking around the corner of every scene. this is why it is so great. like brolin’s character, this movie loves to keep information from you and does so in a way that keeps you on the edge just long enough for you to grip your seat in anticipation. combined with the beautiful cinematography it is visually pleasing and mentally intriguing.
overall, sicario is a great thriller from villeneuve and sheridan that stems from a powerful script, awesome characters and a sleek execution that’s intensity seizes only when the credits roll. rating: 8.5/10