I went to this film having not seen any of Directors Denis Villeneuve previous work. But I had heard good things about Prisoners and Sicario, but I was a massive fans of both Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro. So I had fairly high expectations for this film. Sicario not just met those expectations they were well surpassed. Sicario pulls you in with its unrelenting tension and never lets go.
The Plot Explanation Bit
Sicario follows Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team. For this mission she is teamed up with Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) and Matt Graver Josh Brolin, neither of whom she trusts. This I would say is the real heart of the story, them trusting her the only woman in a all male land and her trusting them. Because it definitely looks like something shady is going on. As always I believe the less you know about a films plot before hand the better, so that is all you are getting.
What Makes This Film So Great?
One of the first things you will notice when you watch is just how stunning the photography is on this film and that has to do with the great Roger Deakins. Who most just hate Emmanuel Lubezki for winning the last three Oscars in a row for Cinematography. While Deakins one of the greatest Cinematographers of all time has been nominated thirteen times now but each time falling short of cracking that nut. Not that the Oscars are the be all and end all. The visuals of Sicario are simply breathtaking and worth the price of admission on their own. While we are talking Oscar snubs lets talk about Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro (+ actually most of the cast) all of whom were amazing in this film. They are so intense so committed it is a joy to watch. So many films you watch particularly comedies I tend to find, where you can see actors just saying the lines and picking up the pay check not so with Sicario. Full blooded, fully committed performance all round. That commitment is usually a sign of great direction. I think Denis Villeneuve did a masterful job building the tension of this film. Making you doubt everyone and everything you see. A true rising star and I was sceptical about Blade Runner 2049 before. Now I know Villeneuve and Deakins are involved I feel a lot more relaxed about this whole situation. Lastly but certainly not least is Jóhann Jóhannsson whose brilliant score (maybe to on the nose for some) brilliant builds tension from quietness to crash over whelming sound, it is a brilliant piece of orchestral writing.
Now some of you might be wondering why I am writing about Sicario. After all it was nominated for three Oscars Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Alan Robert Murray, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score; Jóhann Jóhannsson, Best Achievement in Cinematography; Roger Deakins and more than doubled its budget on box office return. The reason I am writing about it is, I barely know anyone who has seen it and first of all I want to talk to other people about Sicario. Second of all this is a film that deserves to be scene unlike half the crap people sit through.