It’s not personal – The Movie, "Sicario"

posted Apr 23, 2016, 7:01 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated May 11, 2016, 11:19 AM ]
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Earlier this week I watched the movie, Sicario, by Director Denis Villeneuve. The title is Spanish for hitman; someone hired to kill. The film is rated ‘R’ for strong language, imagery and violence.

This story is intense from the opening scenes until the end. There are three stories playing out and the actors, writers and director pull it off well. Here is an overview of the plot.

“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).”

Emily Blunt is fantastic in the role of an FBI agent who wants to be respected for her skill and professionalism. Josh Brolin also does a nice job of contributing to the effectiveness of the film. But, Bernicio Del Toro, you might remember him from No Country for Old Men, steals each scene he is in. His stature carries the movie. Even when he is not speaking, you are drawn to his character.

I give this one 4½ stars out of 5. It is a must-see movie for anyone who likes action films with more than just action. Just be prepared for graphic violence and strong language.