“In Mexico, Sicario means hitman…”
If your New Year’s resolution is to watch more action-packed thrillers, look no further than Sicario, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. The movie starts off by introducing Kate Macy, an FBI agent played by Emily Blunt. She’s a part of the kidnapping response squad, but after an important raid, is recommended for a more coveted position on a team appointed to track down some big names in the Mexican drug cartel. This promotion is followed by a lot of suspense, fear, shoot-outs and confusion – mostly surrounding who to trust. If you haven’t realized by now, this is definitely an R-rated movie – I wouldn’t recommend it for young viewers.
The camerawork in this movie was really interesting and well set up. For one, the shots taken from overhead that showed all of the FBI SUVs in a line heading out on a mission always looked ominous. Also, there were often scenes where shaky cameras were placed inside the cars, right next to the main characters, which made it feel like you were sitting right in the middle of all the action. It definitely added an extra level of tension to the scenes, which is exactly what you want for this kind of movie! The landscapes and sets in general were also laid out effectively, showing the relative poverty and vastness of the areas they were exploring. This created an interesting but troubling image for the viewer – as it should!
One of my favourite things about the movie was its ability to seamlessly weave in supporting subplots and minor characters. One such subplot focuses around Silvio, who has a wife and son who are shown a few times leading up to Silvio’s main involvement in the plot. For most of the movie, I wondered how this guy and his family were going to be relevant, but don’t worry, you’ll find out. And you may not react in the way you’d expect. How’s that for a cliff-hanger?
Emily Blunt was just as fierce as you’d expect any leading female FBI agent to be. Her facial expressions showed a ton of emotion and her struggles, both emotional and physical, were believable right from the start. Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro were also great, even though their characters were not as immediately relatable as Blunt’s. I also liked Daniel Kaluuya’s character, Reggie, even though he was kept clueless for most of the movie. Maybe I just liked his character because that’s likely how I would have felt in that situation! International drug war? Uhh…wait, what? Can someone please fill me in?? Don’t worry, Reggie, I would have been asking the same things.
The biggest mind game in this movie is trying to figure out the difference between good and evil. And in a land full of drug lords, untrustworthy police, and constant violence, this line is extremely hard to see. The moral ambiguity of a lot of the characters creates a great plot line with a ton of twists and surprises. I would definitely recommend Sicario to anyone looking for a heart-racing drama that makes you feel like you’re a part of the action.
You can find Sicario on Execulink's VOD channel (ch100) from Jan 5th to June 28th, 2016.
Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor
Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.