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3.5
2,635 Ratings

Sicario

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
United States, 2015
Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit.

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Sicario Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2015 | Competition

Academy Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Achievement in Cinematography

Writers Guild of America

2016 | Nominee: Best Original Screenplay (Screen)

Having enjoyed ARRIVAL, we went back in time and watched director Denis Villeneuve’s previous hit. SICARIO. It’s very impressive, but we were less convinced by the “human killing machine” tropes which climax it than we had been by the hellish drug war developments of the first two acts. Shot by the always-impressive Roger Deakins, it has a more classical style than ARRIVAL with several of the impressive dusk scenes that distinguished NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.
November 28, 2016
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An alternate reading of the film reveals Macer’s arc to be an authentic representation of a woman’s experience in a male-dominated career, in which she is doubly constrained by the limits and stipulations of her job. In Sicario, Macer’s refusal to do anything outside the law is an ingrained behaviour that echoes women’s experiences in the workplace, in which a woman’s job-related risk-taking is held under far more scrutiny than that of her male peers.
April 18, 2016
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A nasty film about the drug war on the US-Mexico border that flirts with fascism and artiness, succumbing to the former. The film suggests that the best way for Donald Trump to convince the Mexican government to pay for building a wall would be to tell them it would keep out the CIA.
February 25, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Sicario

    Drug-war as warfare (no angel-like lavender-scented squeaky-clean righteous heroes in Villeneuve’s cinema).SUV-convoy running like scared children thru Juarez>“4000 troops! Do you think he felt safe?”.Splinter Cell/Ghost Recon/ Operation Flashpoint tunnel sequence. Del Toro’s gaze as imposing as an 8mil. Zimmer-y score. Walled-in bagged corpses cos real-world violence lie within our homely walls. ▽

  • Graveyard Poet's rating of the film Sicario

    Nominated for the Palme d'Or, this taut and tense thriller which tackles the dark and difficult issue of the drug war in Mexico features career best performances from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Sicario

    This was one of the best films of 2015. Everyone in this film is great and this film presents an intense look at the War on Drugs that is still waging. This film would make a really good double bill with Soderbergh's Traffic.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Sicario

    Dilution of responsibilities. He who takes illegal drugs is as responsible as any sicario for all the drugs related murders in Mexico, be he Martin Scorsese, Donald Trump or the junkie at the end of your street. The rest is Literature or Cinema. Great Villeneuve mise en scene for a pretty weak screenplay. Recommended though.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Sicario

    Essentially, 6 fantastic set pieces connected by a thin plot, fronted by characters in desperate need of fleshing out. So why 4 stars? Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins are Lennon & McCartney when it comes to creating atmosphere and tension - all those beautifully detailed slow burning build-ups. Their forthcoming 'Blade Runner' sequel suddenly doesn't look so risky.

  • João Biscaia's rating of the film Sicario

    The capacity for Villeneuve to put everything precisely in its right place is pretty much incredible. The imagery, the sounds, the music. The editing, the angles - what gets shown, what does not. You're put in there, with them, at the mexican-american border. It's claustrophobic. It's brilliant. It's like he's throwing punches at you. And he doesn't miss a single one.

  • E's rating of the film Sicario

    A certain tendency in crime cinema nowadays seems to be that of two opposite forces somehow, absurdly, joining together. The positive force: calmness, stillness, flow. The negative force: anxiety, void, violence. Only in cinema can something like this work, making it all the more dangerous; where in the past it was used for revolution, or fascism, now it is used to promote long term apathy. Just my 1 cent.

  • Dave's rating of the film Sicario

    The sense of dread and foreboding is absolutely overpowering. You feel as if no matter what is accomplished, there is impending doom around each corner. Zach Closs' description below basically captures my thoughts perfectly, so I won't repeat. The best I saw in 2015.

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