Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sicario Movie Review

Benicio del Toro stars in Sicario

Welcome to Juarez

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio del Toro) the team sets out on a clandestine journey, forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. Directed by Denis Villeneuve.

"It's gonna be a good day," and an even better movie. Sicario is the second best film of 2015 (so far) and a bonafide thriller of the first order. Not only is it stylishly shot (gorgeous backdrops, sudden SUV accelerations, terrific camera angles) Sicario features superb performances by Blunt (idealistic) Brolin (irreverent) and del Toro (compassionate, but dangerous) that are compelling, yet smartly subdued. Reminds me of Miami Vice, only with less gloss and more grit. Del Toro warns, "Nothing will make sense to your American ears," and he's right... The Mexican Drug War is a losing (albeit spellbinding) battle.