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Rated R · 120 min. · 2015

Action/Adventure, Drama



In Denis Villeneuve’s bleak appraisal of the modern border war on drugs, FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is recruited by an enigmatic spook, Matt (Josh Brolin), to a black ops unit with the mandate to “dramatically overreact” to drug smuggling from Mexico. The hit man referred to in the film’s Spanish title is Alejandro, Matt’s spear tip, a cold-blooded crusader whose hatred of drug lords and mysterious past are shrouded behind the world-weary eyes of Benicio Del Toro. The cast is uniformly convincing as they careen through white-knuckle set pieces, but the real star is Roger Deakins’ indomitable cinematography. The film loses its bearings in the last act, when Alejandro goes full-on Anton Chigurh, but overall, this taut tableau is the haunting spawn of No Country for Old Men and Zero Dark Thirty. Rather than the root causes of the drug war, we see only its cruel effects. When Kate naively asks Alejandro how cartels are organized, he sighs, “You’re asking me how a watch works. For now, just keep your eye on the time.”

Official Site: www.sicariofilm.com
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Producer: Basil Iwanyk, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill and Edward McDonnell
Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovan, Sarah Minnich and Raoul Trujillo

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