Direction: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber
Music Director: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Cinematography: Roger Deakins
Editor: Joe Walker
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
What is it about: Sicario deals with the underlying issue of drug cartels in Mexico operating under the radar of officials support killing millions. This one is directed by Denis Villeneuve who gave us “Prisoners” & “Incendies”. It stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro & Josh Brolin in the lead cast.
Why it’s disappointing: The movie runs at a leisure pace, which drags out the motive and makes you little restless, as this could have been a fast paced crime thriller.
What to watch out for: The director handles the subject very well with perfectly chosen actors for the respective characters. The story doesn’t lurks around it is right to the point, but takes a slow pace to reach. The movie comprises of great talents who make this crime thriller a great one.
Emily Blunt played the character of Kate very well, she was great and did a commendable job on keeping the game face on. Josh Brolin was wicked and carried the character Matt Graver with great style. Benicio Del Toro was the show stopper of this flick, who gave a terrific performance, he may seem quiet and humble in the beginning but when he engages in action he’s brutal and makes a great presence on screen. We can definitely say it will be one of his best performance.
The movie doesn’t have expensive set pieces, but the landscapes were pictured to a different level which showed Mexico in a different angle. Thanks to the cinematographer Roger Deakins, he did a remarkable job, there are many shots in the movie which will astound you. The way he moved around with his camera is a visual treat. He put the audience right in the situation with the movie and gave a birds view of the country. This visual experience was tightly cut by Joe Walker.
Another notable factor of “Sicario” is its sound, which was mind blowing. Perfectly mixed with precise detailing, which makes it the best mix. I watched the movie in a regular DOLBY theatre, wonder how it would have been if it was heard in a DOLBY ATMOS or an AURO featured theatre.
The makers are planning for a sequel based on Benicio’s character, which is just in talks at the moment.
Verdict: Denis made a tightly wound crime thriller, which has a wicked mind functioning at its own pace giving you a murky-gritty thriller. Which is at the moment being called one of the best films of the year.