Five Reasons You’ll Love It - January 28, 2016

Sicario - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Sicario - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

There have been many, many movies set in the heat of the battle between law enforcement and the Mexican drug cartels, but none as powerful, nuanced or gripping as Sicario.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the man behind the cameras on Prisoners and Enemy, the movie stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Blunt plays Kate Macer, an idealistic FBI agent enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in the escalating war against drugs in Mexico. She's set up to be assisted by Brolin’s shifty fixer Matt Graver and Del Toro’s hard-nosed operator Alejandro Gillick, but, as the movie goes on, the real source of power becomes more than a little blurry...

Sicario comes to DVD on Monday (February 1st), but ahead of that, we’ve rounded up five reasons you’ll love it…


Emily Blunt’s performance is terrific…

Blunt’s Macer is a difficult role, she’s in the dark, but almost trying to stay in control, learning on the job, but trying to lead. It’s a tricky balance, but one she pulls off superbly.


Benicio Del Toro is a menacing marvel…

Del Toro has spent a good chunk of his career playing mean South Americans, but he’s never been better than he is in Sicario. As Alejandro Gillick he’s enigmatic, steely and ever so watchable.


The cinematography is incredible…

Rural Arizona and the tough streets of Juarez aren’t actually picturesque locations, but in the hands of Roger Deakins, they’re made to look incredible. This film is beautifully shot and it’s no surprise it earned Deakins his 13th Oscar nomination.


It’s brutal, but never voyeuristic...

Villeneuve certainly doesn’t shy away from showing the brutality and violence of the reality of battling the cartels, but you never feel like you’re being prodded or pushed for shock value, it’s shocking, but never over the top.


You’ll be confused, but that’s kind of the point…

At many points during the movie you’ll be wondering just how Macer, Gillick and Graver end up where they have, how they get away with what they do and how they account for it. Don’t worry, you’re meant to be, this is a realistic portrayal of a messy conflict, there are no heroes and no villains and nothing is straightforward.


Sicario is released on DVD, Blu-Ray and Steelbook on Monday (February 1st).

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