WRITTEN BY: Taylor Sheridan
DIRECTED BY: Denis Villeneuve
STARRING: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Daniel Kaluuya
RATING: 3.5 stars
Idealistic FBI agent Kate (Emily Blunt) is asked to join a special task force led by the morally ambiguous Matt (Josh Brolin) and his even more mysterious operative Alejandro (Benecio del Toro) to fight the war against drugs on the United States border with Mexico. The pair constantly keep Kate in the dark, so she decides to start digging deeper into what it is their operation is really trying to achieve.
Stylistically, this film looks fantastic with effective cinematography and interesting camera angles. There were a few scenes though where it looked like director Denis Villeneuve tried too hard to be artistic. The score is equally gripping and memorable, helping to enhance the intensity of many situations. But perhaps the film's best moment is the opening sequence, which is very graphic and shows Blunt as the strong person her character is supposed to be. Kate did not need to be a female role but having Blunt portray such an important character started out as an interesting choice. Unfortunately, the "strong female lead" was ultimately unfulfilling because she did not do enough as the film progressed and ended up becoming a pawn. Meanwhile, Brolin and del Toro were both enjoyable to watch, particularly the latter whose slow character reveal was fascinating. Sicario sets itself apart from other films of the same genre because it goes that extra step to look great and puts together a strong group of actors.