Sicario – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Sicario
A FBI agent seeking revenge against a Mexican drug cartel has ethical issues with her taskforce about their aggressive and borderline illegal approach, yet still keeps shooting Mexicans.

The Plot
After a rather disturbing FBI raid, agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) gets recruited by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) for a special task force that deals with cross-border drug trafficking between the United States and Mexico.

Kate leaves the very next day for El Paso on a private airplane arranged by Matt. Here she meets Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro), a stern and stoic man that is visually plagued by a miserable but unknown past.

Upon arrival she instantly joins an operation that involves driving into Mexico to retrieve a person of interest. During this mission Kate quickly finds out that this unit uses an excessive amount of force to achieve its goal and that they are not above breaking the law. She confronts Matt who acts very casual about it. He pretty much tells her that they are here to make a difference, and that if she wants to do the same thing she will have to make a choice: stay or leave.

Should I Watch It?
Sicario is in its essence a revenge story dressed as an action crime drama. The few characters we get to meet all have their own personal reason to oppose the Mexican cartel. The movie follows Kate, but she is just a vessel used to tell the story of the mysterious Alejandro. This approach is used for the majority of the movie until we get closer to the end and Alejandro gets his own story arc.

The setting of the story is very brutal and real. The movie looks stunning and can be shocking at times. Visually the cinematography is very impressive, but I do have issues with the pacing of the movie. Nearly every action scene gets initiated slowly to build up tension; the movie wants to suck you in so that it can leave the maximum amount of impact. And it is this that did not work for me. I did not get sucked in. So rather than sitting on the tip of my chair overflowing with excitement and wonder, I was sitting in my chair trying not to fall asleep. To be fair when the action did finally happen I immediately got drawn back into the movie since these scenes were nothing short of brilliant, but at the same time it never took long for my mind to wonder off again.

The acting was underwhelming at first, but as the movie progressed the performances became stronger and stronger. The only exception to this is Benicio Del Toro, who was excellent the second his character entered the story. Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin were fine, but Daniel Kaluuya’s character did not leave much of an impact and served no real purpose.

Sicario has been a bit of a weird experience for me. At one hand it has a fascinating subject, interesting characters, and a couple of brilliant scenes. But on the other hand I could just not get into this movie and as a result often found myself bored. Overall this movie is far from bad, but at the same time I would not recommend it either.

Don’t, watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.


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