Sicario in Spanish translates into “Hitman.”

Sicario is a story about an idealistic FBI agent that’s 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.

We all know that the border is a contentious issue. Donald Trump says he will build a wall big enough to keep the “bad” away. When you watch Sicario you quickly realize how “bad” things really are.

Sicario director Denis Villeneuve describes the film as a dark poem. It’s the perfect description because it’s a story that sticks to your ribs.

The film stars Emily Blunt, an FBI agent who clearly has the passion and skills for the job. Blunt’s character is a by the book agent. She’s been taught a specific way to execute a mission, and is a huge proponent of following procedure. She is recruited by a special task force that won’t fill her own on what exactly her purpose is. But she volunteers to help because she understands the landscape and pain the war on drugs has caused thousands of families near the border.

The next two characters that form a formidable trio with Blunt are Benecio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Del Toro plays a covert assassin, while Brolin plays the lead in the special task force. While Brolin is incredibly consistent, the star of this entire film is Del Toro. He’s a scene stealer, and will without a doubt be nominated for a supporting actor nod when the award season is in full swing.

If you’re a Del Toro fan… who isn’t… then you can’t miss this film. I think he’s going to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Think Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men…. it’s that impressive of a performance. 

Sicario masters what many films struggle with. A clear vision of what the message is, and why the message was created in the first place. We know that the Mexican border (particularly Juarez) has been plagued with drug trafficking and murder… but this story isn’t just about that. It’s about a hitman who wants revenge, and is willing to do it with the protection of the United States. It’s such a covert operation, various agencies have no idea it’s happening, and can’t question it either. 

I would suggest you head to the theaters and watch Sicario because it’s what makes the art of filmmaking amazing. It’s not a horror film, but it’s a lot scarier than the phony horror movies that are released.

Watch the trailer below for a small taste of what makes this film an Oscar worthy nominee.


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