“Sicario” gives off intense chilling vibes
BY ELIZABETH CHAPA
Duration: 121 Minutes
Unsettling and raw, the latest movie released by Lionsgate, “Sicario” will have viewers squirming, yet enthralled by what will happen next. The film had a limited release on Sept. 18 before a nationwide release on Oct. 2.
“Sicario” follows Kate Macer, played by Emily Blunt known for her roles in “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Devil Wear Prada,” as she is asked to join a mission involving the drug cartel. Strictly being an FBI agent in the department of kidnapping, Kate was out of her comfort zone and expertise to be a part of the fight against Mexican drug lords. Her partner Reggie Wayne, played by Daniel Kaluuya, is not asked to aid on the task force, which was rather interesting at the beginning. The movie follows the plot of the drug cartels at the border of Mexico and Texas with the squad attempting to capture one guy in particular, Manuel Diaz.
“Sicario” had similarities to the movie, “Savages” released in 2012. Both movies relate to the war against drugs surrounding the border and Mexico and star Benicio Del Toro.
Blunt played a similar action filled role, in “Edge of Tomorrow,” but in this film, she played a strong female lead role. She did a superb job of capturing the stress her character endures throughout the film’s 121 minutes. The fact that she was the only female running on these intense missions made her stand out.
The shootings throughout the movie will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. If one has a weak stomach, this would not be the right movie to see. “Sicario” had a balance of intensity and sarcasm from the characters, and it was appreciated that this crime-action thriller found a way to involve a comical aspect at times. In addition to humor and action, there are numerous plot twists to keep viewers attached to the screen.
For this film, director Denis Villeneuve already has been nominated for an award at Cannes Film Festival for Palme d’Or, which is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. Villeneuve did an remarkable job of getting an overview and grasping the idea of the drug issues Mexico faces everyday. Along with putting into prospective how cities near the border live, “Sicario” captured the overpopulated city of Juarez, Mexico in an aerial view, which gave a different perspective of the city to viewers. Villeneuve also had a way of seizing the way the police force in Mexico is and gave viewers the scary thought that young children are exposed to such violence everyday.
Overall, this movie is worth the money. If one can handle a violent and dark movie, it is a must see.