Review: “Sicario” Is One of the Most Bad Ass Films You Shouldn’t Miss







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From the opening scene when Kate Macer (Blunt) and her FBI team bust into a home and find bodies in the walls, Sicario grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let go until the final credits begin to roll. Director Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) and first time screenwriter Taylor Sheridan create a story that’s absolutely captivating while making every scene entertaining and letting you know that danger is always just around the corner. You’ll be hoping for a slow scene that will allow you to catch your breath, but they are few and far between as bodies are constantly dropping in this action-packed movie.


The government is declaring war on the drug cartels in Mexico and Matt Graver (Brolin) and Alejandro (Del Toro) are the ones leading the charge. Unlike FBI agent Kate Macer, Graver and Alejandro do not play by the rules. Their goal is to get information out of whoever they can that will bring them one step closer to killing their targets. Kate must do everything she can to make sure everything is by the book, but even she’s not safe from the wrath of the two men if she happens to get in their way.

Here’s the deal with this film: it’s bad ass. That’s all you really need to know. Villeneuve and Sheridan have created one of the finest pieces of cinema in recent years as it blends action, politics, and drama to tell a complete story that you will want to relive again and again. For Sheridan this is an impressive debut while for Villeneuve it’s yet another stellar entry to an already special lineup of films. It also shows that he likes to play around with genres and make them his own – not content to just make the same film over-and-over.

Benicio Del Toro’s filmography is full of great movies and classic characters, but this is hands down the best thing he’s done. His character in this film goes from being mysterious and maybe a little shady to the person you want to see get everything he wants. Instead of playing this kick ass character in an over-the-top way, Del Toro brings his usual calm, cool, and collected demeanor to a role that is truly terrifying when you think about it. Very rarely do I show emotion when watching a movie, but every time Del Toro’s character was in a scene I couldn’t help but cheer him on.

When I sat down to watch this movie, I was afraid it would be something I had already seen before; fortunately what I got was a breath of fresh air and exciting filmmaking. Any time you want to be truly entertained, make sure to put this movie in.




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