Sicario is a Spanish word meaning Hitman or Hired Killer.
As per its IMDb page, Sicario is a story about an idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (played by Emily Blunt) who 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. What Kate didn’t realize that what she volunteered for is not a simple domestic investigation but involved a deeper scale of inquisition tying it to Mexican drug cartel while still pursuing the case she is handling.
The movie is a mash up of drama and action which was gripping and riveting. The pacing was perfectly balanced and each scenes are driving force to get you engaged and fixated. I applaud Roger Deakins’ excellent cinematography as it was neatly done that it really helped the movie to be effective, moving. The tone was raw and gritty plus the score gave a more depth and suspense to the movie. There are scenes that were reminiscent to films like Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker.
I don’t know if what was depicted in the film is the reality within the borders of Mexico and USA but the situations provided in it are eye-opening which made me see the harsh perception of Mexican stereotypes. The twist is compelling enough to merit an impact to the audience as each characters, except Kate who is blind in every operations they do, have their agenda which is bound to a bigger scope thus allowing Kate to see the reality that maybe the people she worked with weren’t those she thought they would be.
The cast is evidently has a nice chemistry with Blunt’s understated performance which made it more believable. Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin performances were really good and credible as their characters.
I will give the film 4 out of 5. The plot and premise was fresh and their story was well told but the ending for me came up short, they could have given the last action scene a little more twist.