Sicario

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Genre: Action movie

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Cast:  Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin

Duration: 2h 1min

Rating: Just good

Denis Villeneuve is a rising director with some interesting movies (such as Prisoners, which I recommend) and that has been awarded some big projects (such as the Blade Runner sequel). For that reason, I decided to look into what I think is his most well known and perhaps celebrated movie, Sicario. I had really high hopes with this movie that, at first, I thought I was going to confirm. However, as the film went on and on these high hopes were not materialized and I ended up with mixed feelings.

The movie includes all the elements you expect to see in a film named “Sicario”: violent Mexican cartels, ruthless warlords, US agents incessantly trying to destroy both of them and lots and lots of gunshots. The story is about a young and naive FBI agent who joins a special team lead by two “contractors” which will not hesitate to use any means possible to destroy a Mexican drug cartel operating in the US.

With this plot as an excuse, the movie delivers some astounding action sequences. Particularly, the scene in the Juárez border is a masterpiece in the management of tension, showing that sometimes the tension before the outburst is much more interesting than the gunfire itself. However, the value of the movie only resides in the action sequences. While the idea of the plot is solid, the causal link between some developments is not clearly explained while others events seem to be a bit random which results in confusion and a feeling that the story is a bit forced.

Is Sicario then a fun movie? Yes, specially for action lovers. As I said, the action sequences are good enough on their own to make the movie worth watching. However, an awkwardly constructed storyline, in my opinion does not allow the movie to really take off and achieve the next level.

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