Quite longed of the drug land and French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve comes out with a ruthless thriller, finely accomplished, and probably one of the best cinemas in 2015. Sicario métier resonance of superbly inscribed by Taylor Sheridan. Villeneuve’s emergence has accomplished to compel both critics and audiences with his unique filmic panache and fresh slant to storytelling which captures number of contemporary events and features set against the backdrop of the Mexican drug wars.
Since his debut from Un 32 août sur Terre, and following the success in the recent past with Incendies, Prisoners and The Enemy-Denis has gone from strength to strength and has begun to specialize in a certain touch of astute, exceptionally poised stories of the grimmest parts of human nature. The drifting story lane of Prisoners sees two honest men falling to pieces in search of a child murderer. Incendies takes an unbiased and painfully poetic look at the roots of all wars through a woman’s life of her personal voyage to the core of hatred and enduring love and in The Enemy into an ambiguous study in paranoia and identity and now Sicario shares the dark-tanged tone of revenge, secrets and sin through a gaze of bluntness and increasing militarization of United States police forces and the war on drugs featuring ever striving Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Josh Brolin.
Sicario unlocks with a frightening look at the encounter between US law enforcement and the Mexican drug cartels along the Arizona border. Following the lead in a kidnapping case- Emily Blunt as a FBI agent Kate Macer, her partner Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) mark the detection of a humdrum home situated in Arizona that exert for the cartel. The team of FBI discovers dozens of corpses hidden within the walls of the house and during the investigation of the crime scene, an improvised explosive device in the backyard shed explodes, killing two officers. The blow out at the Arizona home props agent Macer’s burning need for justice.
Dave Jennings (Victor Garber), recommends Kate to Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), a CIA special activities undercover officer and Department of Defense adviser leading a team of Delta Force operators searching for the men responsible, including cartel boss Manuel Díaz. On the aircraft to El Paso, Texas, Kate come across Matt’s partner, Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro), a riding shot gunner (la hitman) and who is said to be a former Mexican prosecutor. “Nothing will make sense to your American ears, and you will doubt everything we do,” he tells Kate unemotionally on their first meeting.
Kate learns that they are on the way to Juarez, Mexico, where they will repatriate one of Diaz’s topmost men, his brother Guillermo. While crossing back into the United States over the Bridge of the Americas- Alejandro, Matt and their team spot that cartel men attempting to intercept them in a heroic traffic jam and following the precise operations through the road fury, the team kills couple of gang men and capture Guillermo. In grilling interrogation of Guillermo, the FBI discovers the location of Díaz’s hideaway.
Kate’s view on the whole trip carries her suspiciousness about Alejandro and Matt. The response and the legitimacy in those killing sprees beyond borders put her into doubts about law enforcements and their high handedness of going far as possible. Steering the crossfire of action, the film takes you the high highs of intricacies and there is a night goggled trek through the underground tunnels.
Alejandro’s deceit in his quest into the underpass and kidnaps one of Díaz’s mules, a corrupt Mexican police officer Silvio. Kate follows and attempts to arrest Alejandro, who shoots her in her bulletproof vest and tells her to return to the United States. Alejandro intimidates Silvio at gunpoint and forces him to pursue Díaz in his Mexican police car. In the intervene, Kate demands answers from Matt, who explains that their goal is to restore power to the Colombian Medellin Cartel and also argues they are disruptions in alluring the cartels to make more mistakes and finally jarring the roots of Fausto, the top drug lord.
The climax contours with more bloodshed as Alejandro in his chase reach out to Díaz’s Mercedes with the help of Silvio and upon which Diaz is hurt and killing the cop. Díaz in wounded state drives Alejandro to Alarcón’s estate where Alejandro kills Díaz and Alarcón’s guards before finding Alarcón and his family and thus avenging the drug lord to the death of his wife and daughter.
The subsequent morning, Alejandro meets Kate in her apartment and concedes that everything they did together was “by the book”. Kate give-in when Alejandro puts a gun to her head. After he leaves, Kate goes to her balcony, points her gun at him and hesitates, and then watches him walk away. Sometime later at a football field in Mexico, Silvio’s widow sights her son’s soccer game, which is for a moment interrupted by gunfire in the distance. However, despite this, the soccer game continues on as usual
The ensemble cast is brilliant. Emily Blunt and Del Toro convey unfathomable feelings and illustrating perfect emotional subtext in little interactions of bitter sweet taste to one another. Josh Brolin as Matt accounts the faceless covert intelligence machine that answers to no real authority and no set of rules is ominous. Sicario’s moral strength lies in Sheridan and Villeneuve’s cinematic tenacities and their insistence on maintaining a status quo of controlled chaos and coexistence of uneasy tension between cops and drug lords are penetratingly venomous.
The photography from Roger Deakins, tints a land of menacing skies and never forgiving thirsty landscapes, the grip of uncertainty throughout the film exposed in wide shots and sharp edits are dreadful and deserves an inordinate command. Villeneuve’s impeccable creation of tension has many spirited moments. The subtle opening sequence that allows riveting suspense and the other pick is a tense traffic signal sequence abruptly placard into a gun trembling shots which lifts the unfolding action out of the ordinary are symbolic.
This grueling thriller stretch of the boundary seize from start to finish- Undeniably is one of the finest films of the year. Sicario demonstrates a powerful cinematic experience and touchstone of the modern day classic.
- Directed by Denis Villeneuve
- Producers: Basil Iwanyk; Thad Luckinbill; Trent Luckinbill; Edward McDonnell & Molly Smith
- Written by Taylor Sheridan
- Cast: Emily Blunt; Benicio del Toro; Josh Brolin & Victor Garber
- Music by Jóhann Jóhannsson
- Cinematography: Roger Deakins
- Edited by Joe Walker
- Production Company: Black Label Media& Thunder Road Pictures
- Distributed by Lionsgate
- Release dates: May 19, 2015 (Cannes) & September 18, 2015 (United States)
- Run time of 121 minutes
- Country: United States
- Language: English & Spanish