After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del To...more
After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo). less
“Packed with gritty thriller elements, Sicario makes for a solid watch.”
Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario’ has been creating many ripples in the international markets. While Mexico has ordered the ban of the film based on the drug cartels in the country, the film continues to win over the North American markets. The film boasts of sleek writing with a tightly woven plot. Further glorified by stellar performances by Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin.
An idealistic FBI agent, Kate Macy (Emily Blunt) along with her team discovers a house full of dozens of corpses in an Arizona village, along with an IED in the backyard, which ends up killing 2 members of her team. Further, she is recommended by her boss to officer Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) who is leading a team to find the men behind these killings which also includes a Mexican drug cartel boss, Manuel Diaz.
On the plane to Texas, Kate meets Matt's partner, Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) and gets to know that they will be heading to Juarez to capture and question one of Diaz’s top men. While crossing the American borders, there is crossfire with the agents of the cartel trying to disrupt the mission. Kate is appalled at the lack of concern for civilian safety through this operation, but Matt tells her that this how things work and will continue if they need to capture the drug lord.
The mission isn’t easy; there is more disruption, breach of trust and shocking incidences that keep taking a toll of Kate. Even as she gets her colleague Reggie to support her, it doesn’t get any easier. There is a lot of conflict between Kate’s ideology, Graver’s way of functioning and Alejandro’s ways and reality that time and again heat up the plot.
Sicario gives you goose bumps to the end. The top-notch performances by Emily Blunt and Del Toro will shake you up. They leave an impact that’s hard to get rid off. Villeneuve’s direction is to the point with the perfect execution and gravity of the sleek screenplay. It’s dark, intense and high voltage stuff! For the entire 121 minutes, you just cannot blink your eyes.
I was fortunate enough to attend a special screening of the film, with its uncensored version. Not sure how much of the film will remain when it releases because we take much offense to every little thing. But this one’s a must-watch (uncensored version is highly recommended).
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is another benchmark in the list of crime thrillers! Nerve-wrenching!!!