Run time: 121 mins
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin
Synopsis: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S and Mexico.
Director Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, 2013; Prisoners, 2013; Incendies, 2010) brings us this compelling and atmospheric thriller, which plunges audiences into an unfamiliar and violent world where no-one can be trusted.
Emily Blunt gives a strong performance in this dark, gritty and credible drugs cartel thriller as Kate Macer, a dedicated FBI agent with an impressive track record of tackling growing cartel activity on the US-Mexican border. Her efforts bring her to the attention of task force leader Matt (Josh Brolin) who enlists her skills to help bring down a notorious yet elusive cartel figurehead, one responsible for the violence that has swamped towns on the Mexican border. Teaming up with Matt and the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), Kate soon realises that she’s caught up in a bloody conflict beyond her understanding. Before long, she begins to question her loyalties, as well as those of her superiors.
Sicario is a nerve jangling thriller, viscerally depicting the brutal and fatal decline of Mexico as the result of decades of drugs cartel warfare. Cinematographer Roger Deakins uses every aspect of the landscape to echo the bleak and tragic narrative.
It’s an unsettling two hours of chilling cinema with compelling performances that create a claustrophobic vision of hell, leaving the impression of a world where no-one can be trusted.
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