If when you woke up today you had to choose between taking a red pill, blue pill or bringing down the Mexican cartel, which one would you choose? Most people would choose the red pill because it’s probably 500 milligrams of Tylenol, but FBI Agent Kate Macer picked the third option and boy did she regret it. In the suspenseful movie “Sicario,” Kate Macer, played by Emily Blunt from “The Devil Wears Prada,” volunteered to help a U.S. task force take down a Mexican drug lord who threatens the lives of millions located at the United States and Mexican border.
This movie is mind blowing (insert loud scream here) and the audience gets a chance to delve into a case that proves the government doesn’t always tell you what is happening, even if it’s right in your backyard. If you are accustomed to seeing dead bodies, people being shot in the middle of the street and bombs going off, then you don’t need Tinder or eHarmony.com to know that this movie is your perfect match. Please prepare yourself for bodies, bodies, and more bodies when you go see this movie. But before I continue this review, let me give you all a little reprieve and begin with some back-story about the brand new film, Sicario.
Sicario is a 2015 American crime thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Taylor Sheridan. The film centers on Kate Macer, an agent who finds herself involved in an off-the-books operation to bring down a Mexican drug kingpin, along with her co-stars Josh Brolin, a morally flexible government operative, and hitman Benicio del Toro.
The most direct translation from Spanish to English for sicario is “hitman.” The word is most often used to describe hitmen associated with the Mexican drug cartels. The movie “Sicario” gives the definition of sicario as “hitman in Mexico,” who is shown in the preview as Benicio Del Toro. Del Toro’s character Alejandro is a dangerous man that Kate Macer’s team needs on their side when they cross into dangerous territory.
Lionsgate set the film for a limited release in the United States on September 18, 2015 and a wide release on October 2, 2015. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015 and then was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2015. So far, the film has been a success and has high hopes of being a box office hit. “Sicario” debuted with a whopping $401,288 last weekend from just six theaters. Its per-screen average of $66,881 is the highest of the year.
In addition to FBI agent Kate Macer being enlisted to aid in tracking down the anonymous drug lord, she is also trying to balance her newfound mission with her personal life. Macer comes off as a “badass” agent in the beginning of the movie but she truly met her match in del Toro and could not keep up with his grueling tactics and secretive knowledge of the task force’s real mission.
Blunt has come a long way from movies like “The Five Year Engagement” and “The Young Victoria,” so to see her playing the role of a very serious FBI agent, shows her diversity as a budding actress. But this isn’t Blunt’s first time acting with del Toro in a film. They both starred in the 2010 movie “The Wolfman,” which was considered “one of the most expensive box office flops” of all time. After the movie disappointed critics around the nation, both celebs went on to land roles in other more successful movies and were able to let this flop be a distant memory.
Del Toro’s character Alejandro is no fool and his tactics proved to be extremely lethal when obtaining information that could lead to finding the anonymous drug lord running rampant in the U.S.
“Sicario” shows del Toro at his best and let me just say, he is looking better and better with age. If you agree with me and think del Toro looks hotter with the beard after watching this movie, please mention me in your tweet or Instagram pic with these tags, #ILikeYourBeard #delToro. Some might remember del Toro from the movie “Excess Baggage” with his tied up co-star Alicia Silverstone, a renowned beauty from the 80s and 90s. I always thought Del Toro’s facial structure was interesting, like in a “hot-weird” kind of way, but I could barely recognize him in the movie Sicario due to his facial hair, sleek suits, and gloomy expressions. His character is one of the most dangerous agents with a perfect shot that will eliminate even the smallest obstruction standing in his way.
Josh Brolin plays task force leader Matt Graver, an easygoing, witty agent who unleashes Alejandro when suspects refuse to cooperate. Del Toro is like the Plan B from hell and he will do whatever it takes to get answers. You might remember Brolin from movies like “American Gangster,” “Men In Black III” and “Gangster Squad,” so let’s just say that he’s no stranger to crime thriller movies. In the movie Sicario, Brolin’s character fights to locate the Mexican drug lord and “restore order” to the United States and Mexican border.
SPOILER: In the beginning, Blunt leads an FBI task force to a “house of horrors” shall we say, but it gives viewers an idea about how powerful the Mexican cartel has already become. Just a minor warning—-the beginning of this movie will blow you away, literally.
When the producers aren’t showing footage of landscapes and the desert, the movie is pretty good. Brolin keeps Macer on her toes as she enters a field where everyone is her enemy and no one can be trusted, even the person next to her.
To be honest, I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the movie “Sicario.” I loved the suspense and how unsure I was about what would happen next, but I hated the way the producers strung us along about Macer’s purpose of being on the task force. She constantly asked questions, received open-ended answers, and her role showed no importance until the end of the movie. She had no idea what role she played on the task force but when it was finally revealed, her life was put in jeopardy.
Although, the audience doesn’t find out Blunt’s purpose until the end of the movie, it was still well worth the wait. The movie also felt like it was more so about Alejandro rather than Macer, which is confusing, because her face is the main one on billboards everywhere. The focus of the movie is in fact del Toro and he truly outshines Blunt’s character but still gives viewers the extra push to want to see the film. I’m a total sap so I figured maybe Alejandro and Macer would fall in love, run away together and live happily ever after, but those dreams were shattered. Then I was left with hope for a possible sequel that is currently in the making. This is the news that made my day!!!
Alejandro’s character isn’t explained until the movie gets close to the end as well and that’s when the audience realizes that they’ve been duped. Lionsgate is developing a sequel to “Sicario” that will center on Benicio del Toro’s character, the mysterious hitman. Black Label Media, which backed “Sicario,” is co-financing the development of the follow-up movie. Audiences everywhere want to know what happened to this character and where exactly Benicio is going now that order has been restored, so to speak.
This movie is a MUST SEE, but it’s definitely not for kids due to some scenes that might give viewers nightmares. “Sicario” opens in most theaters September 25, 2015 but will be released worldwide on October 2, 2015…If you can wait that long. Stay tuned for more updates on show and movie premieres from me, LadyT, COMING SOON!