Director: Denis Villeneuve
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Duration: 2hrs 1 min
My Rating: 8/10
Overview: A story as old as time; the Mexican cartel's vicious drug business spills over to America continuously causing copious casualties.
In this smart, heart-pounding thriller, the harsh realities of the drug trade come full circle and chaos will ensue on both sides of the border.
What I loved: Above, when I proclaimed Sicario is a heart-pounding thriller, I wasn't kidding. It's been a very long time since I was psychically affected by a film. Half the time, my fists were clenched and the other half, I was holding onto the couch, so immersed in the story, I couldn't look away. During a few scenes, I even had a slight stomachache with apprehension as to what was coming.
One of the main reasons I was so greatly affected by Sicario was because of the ominous score. Holy hell, the music and sounds used were incredible. It may have even been the best part of the film, and a little-know man named Oscar will agree. This score creates intensity you cannot fathom and it absolutely deserves to win an Academy Award.
Apart from the score, the acting was also another aspect which made this film spectacular. The stars of the film are Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Looper, The Girl on the Train), Benicio Del Toro (Snatch, Traffic, Guardians of the Galaxy), Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice, Milk, American Gangster), any more. The clashing personalities bring even more tension to the strained sequences throughout the movie.
Lastly, but certainly not least, the plot was very unique despite following a common theme in entertainment. It was the same story, reinvented and even improved. There isn't any cartel movie which can compare to Sicario, in my opinion.
What I didn't: I'm not going to lie, sometimes, I felt a little lost. This is partly because I would look at my phone or talk to my boyfriend during a scene I assumed was slow or deemed "unimportant." The second time around, I caught so many details I had missed. So, if you plan to watch Sicario, I highly recommend making sure you give it your full and undivided attention.