Film Review – SICARIO (2015)

Sicario (2015; USA; Colour; 121m) ∗∗∗∗  d. Denis Villeneuve; w. Taylor Sheridan; ph. Roger Deakins; m. Jóhann Jóhannsson.  Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Maximiliano Hernández, Dylan Kenin, Frank Powers, Bernardo P. Saracino, Edgar Arreola, Marty Lindsey. An idealistic FBI agent is 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. Absorbing and tense thriller powered by excellent performances from Blunt and Del Toro and realistically staged and shot action sequences. Dark operations are presented as the only solution to an escalating drug war and the film carries no prisoners. Thought-provoking script by Sheridan. [15]