Sicario follows an idealistic FBI agent whose enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
Coming from French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, who directedPrisoners, It would be no surprise that Sicario would would be lacking in any tension or high stakes. A scene at the beginning of the film where Emily Blunt’s character of FBI Agent Kate Macer is taken over the border between America and Mexico with a squadron of armed cars to capture a source before attempting to return to America, only to be caught in a traffic jam with their enemies hidden in various cars across the lanes leading back across the border. Even from the opening of the film, we as the audience know that there will be no backing down.
Just like Macer, we are plunged into world of a drugs cartel, and what the film does well is delineates the emotional conflicts of a female agent working with excessive violence and corruption on a daily basis. She holds herself well in an environment primarily of men and isn’t afraid to react aggressively, when needed.
Benicio Del Toro proves his mystery as Alejandro, the hitman or Sicario of the title. He’s elusive and shows that even though his motives are clear in why he’s involved with this particular mission the film is based around, he’s a hitman that you never whose side he’s on or where he’s going to be.
It’s an intense, dramatic, and action packed. It’s all of this with no breaks on and it’s not scared of showing what it needs to.