War is being waged right in front of us, and Sicario explores the battle within Mexico and the American border towns while posing some interesting questions about morality. A “sicario” is a Mexican slang term meaning “hit man.” The word is symbolic of the carnage wrought by the battle over narcotics.
Emily Blunt stars as Kate Macer, an FBI agent who witnesses first hand that not only is the US not succeeding in its crack down on the bloody cartels, but it is possibly losing ground. Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) enlists her to help them by going after the Don of the Mexican cartel in question. However, to make sure Agent Macer is truly effective at what they need her to do, portions of their plan must be hidden from her.
Emily Blunt has never looked better, and she carries a certain elegance even in simple jeans and a T-shirt. It’s funny I mention her elegance, as this movie finds her in some truly inelegant situations. I suspect this performance will garner her and Benicio del Toro lots of attention come awards season. I think what resonated with me in this movie was that a true battleground exists right at the doorstep of the United States, and we hear about it every day. Sicario forces us to look at the ugliness of it all. The direction of Denis Villeneuve stood out for the dramatic tension throughout this crime thriller, and I understood why Ridley Scott recently tapped Villeneuve to direct a Blade Runner sequel. There is a theme of “family” throughout Sicario which will linger with the viewer—in addition to the addicts and the criminals incarcerated for life, some of the biggest victims in the drug war are the wives, the children and the husbands of those who live in the battlegrounds.
Can I take the kids? Rated R for graphic depictions of violence that even made me squeamish. Definitely will give small children and some adults nightmares.