In the war on drugs, there exists a grey area between right and wrong. When FBI Agent Kate Macy (Emily Blunt) is hand picked to join a special tactical unit, she is unsure what she is doing and why she was asked. With a leader who bends rules (James Brolin) and a Columbian with a chip on his shoulder (Benicio Del Toro), Kate doesn’t have a good feeling about the choice she made to join this shady group, but with a common goal of stopping the Mexican drug cartel, she continues to move forward.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Incendies), Sicario was destined to be great just by the sum of its parts. With a track record like Villeneuve along with actors such as Blunt, Brolin and Del Toro, you knew this movie wouldn’t disappoint and it sure didn’t.
In what basically feels like Zero Dark Thirty, Hurt Locker or Lone Survivor, Sicario feels like a military movie in it presentation. Even though these men are acting on their own command, they are out to stop kingpins across the border from killing more people everyday. My only grip with the movie is the constant conflict between the 3 main characters. The mystery and hidden information is more of a hindrance to the story than a helper. I often found myself confused as to what was going on rather than be at the edge of my seat waiting for the next cool thing to happen. I just wish there had been more action and suspense over all the bickering.
The last 30 minutes of the movie is what reminded me of movies such as Zero Dark Thirty due to the mission these guys set out for and how it is all wrapped up. The time flies and the movie never feels to over stay its welcome. I almost want to call Sicario a slow burn type movie because the action is in such limited supply yet the suspense is all over the place. It really is hard for me to put my finger on just what I like about this movie, but the fact is, I did enjoy this movie for what it is. It is about a militia group on the hunt for a kingpin and an FBI agent who struggles with their questionable ways. In one sense, I wish there had been more flare and charm to the story, but as in many other military movies, the simplicity of the combat is what makes it realistic. At the end of the day, I was expecting more tension and twists, but what we got was straight forward tactical military action with a story that isn’t the easiest to follow. Co-starring Jon Bernthal, Jeffery Donovan, Maximiliano Hernandez, and Daniel Kaluuya.
7/10 Stars – Realistic and gritty, Sicario shines because of the cast and stalls because of the story. Together they manage to deliver a worthy film.