Before I start off this review, I want to warn that some spoilers are going to be in this review. Now let’s get into it. Sicario, (spanish for hitman), opens with one of the most gruesome and brutal drug raid sequences ever made on film, however, the problem with having such a grippingly amazing opening is keeping up that momentum throughout the rest of the film’s two hours. This film centers on FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), who is shaken up when the raid mention above results in the bloody deaths of some of her agents. She finds herself working with the slightly energetic Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), the leader of a task force that’s assigned to locate and capture Manuel Diaz, the drug lord whose’s the leader of the drug organization and ultimately responsible for the deaths of Kate’s agents. Almost immediately, Kate feels like she’s being kept out of the loop on the operation, as she has many unanswered questions. Matt seems to be able to work well with Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro), a former cartel mercenary who turned into an agent, with unclear loyalties and motivations. In my opinion, Sicario is one of the most beautiful looking, and well directed movies of 2016 (so far). Unfortunately, it’s Kate that impacted the film in a bad way. Emily Blunt’s character really isn’t any good. She spends her time during the whole movie getting pushed around, beaten up, and generally humiliated. She just sort of hides in the corner. All of the really satisfying character parts are reserved for Del Toro, who excels at playing Alejandro. Meanwhile, Brolin can definitely play his role, but he never gets much depth other than being the team leader. The best moments in this film are the action sequences, which are incredibly tense and spectacularly set up. Denis Villeneuve enjoys playing with the moment before the big shootout starts. Those tense stare downs and tiny confined spaces that start to make people nervous. All the violence feels scary and every gunshot has a massive impact. This is one of those movies that will leave you with scary, chilling images circling in your brain.
Here is my rating system. After reviewing every movie, I will rate the movie out of 5★ and out of 100 to let you know what I think of the movie.
5★(95-100): It’s an absolutely great movie that I would recommend to everyone, and definitely one worth watching.
4★(80-94): It’s a good movie that I would still recommend, but it’s just not exactly at the very top.
3★(70-79): It’s a movie that’s better than average, but still has its ups and downs.
2★(51-69): This movie is definitely under average. This movie is hard to enjoy and the director of this movie probably wasn’t even trying to make a good movie.
1★(50 and below): This movie is just complete utter bullshit, so much so that it makes me angry that I even watched it. The director of this movie was just drunk. This is the type of movie that will make you question your ability to pick a good movie. Instead of buying these types of movies, just donate your money to charity and you will be better off anyway.
My rating for Sicario is 4★ and 82.
Sicario is a good movie that’s worth watching but not great. Yet. It certainly has all of the aesthetic requirements of a masterpiece, and skyrockets it’s tension to a grand conclusion. At the same time, some unsatisfying character work, despite its great performances, ultimately holds it back from being a great movie. Even so, its fascinating story plot and sheer power in certain moments make it very much worth seeing. That being said, I still suspect there’s an even better thriller that’s going to come out before the end of this year.
*I am new to movie reviewing, and I hope you enjoyed this review. I am open to all constructive criticism, so please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!*