Movie Review:: Sicario




Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writer: Taylor Sheridan

Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin

Release Date: September 18, 2015


When I went to watch this movie, I didn’t know what to expect. Uncharacteristically for me, I didn’t do much research. I knew it was a crime thriller, I wanted to stay away from all things romantic for a while and I just chose to go watch it. Plus, there was Emily Blunt.

The movie really surprised me. The first scene of the movie was as gory as it could ever get. There was a police raid, shooting, horrific smell from decaying corpses, scores of dead bodies and even a blast. I was amazed that I survived the first scene (mini feat).

But the movie got more interesting from there on. The plot of Sicario focuses on an FBI agent named Kate Macer (Emily Blunt). Kate is enlisted by government officials to track down a drug lord, who has been responsible for multiple grisly murders. She is going aid a number of people who, we find out in the course of the movie, are often on the other side of the law. The plot though simple, is very engaging.

The characters are well developed. Emily Blunt gives an incredible female lead performance as Kate – she hates violence, but is serious about her job. Both Benicia del Toro and Josh Brolin are great in their roles. I especially was intrigued by del Toro’s character. There were many moments that I never saw coming. The haunting score and the unpredictable plot line consistently engaged me. The movie was very dark, sometimes unsettling and even scary. There’s a lot of suspense and the recurrent darkest sentiment of the movie is the sense of hopelessness. I don’t like violence and gore, and I still I enjoyed the movie a lot.

I would recommend the movie if you like dark stories, crime thrillers and good acting.


2 thoughts on “Movie Review:: Sicario

  1. Hi Josh,

    THank you for visiting my blogs and commenting. I will check out Prisoners, have not watched it yet.
    The scene in the tunnels with night vision goggles was one of my favorite scene as well. It was suspenseful, scary and anticipatory, and it was undoubtedly one of the biggest turning point in the movie. I kept thinking about that scene so much after watching the movie (which was a long time back) I dnt think I could ever be as brave and bold as Kate 🙂

  2. I actually just watched this film on blu ray a couple of nights ago! I was very excited to see it [And missed it while it was in the theaters] because this is the director who did ‘Prisoners’ with Hugh Jackman in 2013– Which is super intense and compelling if you missed it. I don’t think Sicorio was quite as good as Prisoners, but it was still really good– I found myself thinking about certain scenes the last couple of days… Especially when they went through the tunnel with the night vision goggles… There was something very crisp and gritty about the way it all looked, if that makes sense. I had a couple employees many years ago in Colorado who were originally from bad areas of Mexico and some of the scenes in the movie brought some of the stories they had told me to the surface. Del Toro definitely stole the show, especially during the super intense and almost focused violence during the ending! Anyway, great review!

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