The stunning story of El Sicario, a hitman for organised crime in Ciudad Juárez, the murder capital of the world. He tells all: how, what, where, who and why. In a hotel room, with a bag over his head, because if they find him, he’s dead.
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Unbearable to watch since it hits way too close to home. I had to pause it a lot since it's truly a painful experience. Ashamed to be from Mexico, but also ashamed to live in America. The ignorance of what's happening right under our noses, and the helpless feeling from being unable to do anything about it makes this an incredibly heavy thing to sit through and watch.Exposes a side of Mexico that everyone must know.
What is most scary about this documentary is that it could be as easily a fake as it could be a truth. In the end, it doesn't matter if the man underneath the mask is actually who he says he is because the stories he retells are most certainly verbatim truths or very close to it. His words are beyond frightening. They stand out like the only tree underneath a terrible sun. Even in its shade you are scorched through.
Spare and unsettling. Hardly riveting viewing. Its cold illustrations of calculated murder and extortion are only amplified in such close quarters with its perpetrator. Nonetheless important as an unglamorous portrayal of cartel life.
Powerful. Disturbing. Moving. An absolutely amazing documentary, although you should be aware that it is essentially just a man telling his story while demonstrably drawing notes in a notebook to help make sense of it all.
Categories like "good" or "bad" don't really apply here. People familiar with what's going on in the border region and what incredible suffering the people of Mexico are going through on a daily basis will hardly have any sympathies with this monster but it is fascinating to hear him talk about PTSD and religious awakening without realizing what a pathetic victim of circumstance he is.