Although I am not a fan of thrillers and crime films, I was intrigued by the recent hit– Sicario (translates as hitman). It first premiered in September during the Toronto International Film Festival and now has made it onto the big screens. An amazing cast (Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Victor Garber) may have been part of the reason why I was so eager to go see this movie. Let’s dive in!
Keeping it simple, in five words, the movie is about: the US war on drugs. I may not be doing the film justice at this point. In reality, I was clutching onto my seat as the characters navigated tunnels and travelled into dangerous, foreign regions. This is a dark film, filled with graphic action and adventure.
Although I am not an expert on the technicalities of drug cartels and the existent law enforcement, it wasn’t difficult to follow the plot line. I will say however, that Sicario was quite a predictable film and I must state for the record that I do not do well with predicting endings of movies unless they are romcoms. Nevertheless, I think the feeling of accomplishment when you find out that your speculations were correct is worth it.
LT Ratings: Overall rating: 7/10 | Action: 6.5/10 | Adventure: 7/10 | Fear factor: 9/10 | Must watch/ Average/ Pass: Must Watch
Sicario raised some important questions. One of them is the methods that the US employed to fight the war on drugs. In the film, often times agents did not operate “by the books.” The struggle of choosing between your life and justice (the morality of doing what’s right) lingered on my mind even after the film.
The protagonist of the film, Emily Blunt was an FBI agent which is a typically male dominated field. The male to female ratio in the workplace was quite obvious in the film which I presume is representative of the field at present. Being a talented actress, Blunt was spectacular in this film!
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**All the photos are taken from the official Sicario movie webpage at http://www.sicariofilm.com/gallery# These photos were not taken by A Lipstick Trilogy. Production company: Black Label Media Thunder Road Pictures and distributed by Lionsgate.