Sicario (2015) – 4.5/5

Sicario achieves the reality of drug wars that is often traded for the Hollywood effect; a reality where there are no losses or winnings, only trade-offs, and no heroes or villains, only victims. Intensely action packed from beginning to end, Sicario will have you at the edge of your seat while showing the astounding and brutal reality of drug wars and how powerful drug cartels really are.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Sicario is a film about an FBI agent who is enlisted by the government on a mission to bring down the leader of a powerful Mexican cartel. The flawless performance of Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, along with stunning cinematography, create a heavy and suspenseful atmosphere throughout the movie.

Most importantly however, is the story and its relevance to the real situation. As someone who lived in Juarez / El Paso while the worst of the drug wars was taking place, who watched news stories after news stories of brutal assassinations, shootings and kidnappings, and who saw how the city became deserted as people moved out and businesses closed due to fear, I got chills while watching this movie. One just had to innocently be at the wrong place at the wrong time to have an unlucky fate.

Sicario portrays the reality of a very cruel but important issue. While this film will not leave you with a warm feeling or a happy ending, you will be immersed into a very dark place and be surprised by how deep you will go.

Find more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes

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