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7.3
/10
3,417 Ratings

Sicario

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
United States, Mexico, 2015
Drama, Thriller, Action

Synopsis

After an idealistic FBI agent is recruited by a government task-force official to pursue a drug lord, she begins a perilous mission that forces her to question everything she believes–and pits her against a shadowy consultant with a dangerous agenda.

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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)

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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Sicario, which is currently playing in general release, is one of the most formally accomplished things at the multiplexes, a triumph of cinematography, lighting, production, and sound design. Taken together, these qualities establish an unsettling atmosphere that goes a long way in giving the movie its power.
October 16, 2015
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From a handful of recent features, Denis Villeneuve has quickly become known for his almost comically portentous atmosphere. But here, with the help of legendary DP Roger Deakins (who also shot Villeneuve’s gorgeous and hysterically grim Prisoners), the director finally melds that sensibility with precise, pulpy thriller mechanics in a way that probably nobody’s done since Fincher with Seven.
September 22, 2015
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