Sicario, according to Spanish, means hitman or someone who is paid to kill. Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” opened its story with an unsettling ambush scene. The sense of claustrophobia was there, even though the entire movie is which, we weren’t ready enough to see anyone dies. There is no good or even a bad guy. The villain doesn’t know where to run or the police don’t really know what they are doing. Emily Blunt as Kate Macer is an idealistic woman who keeps her ideology as an FBI. However, when Josh Brolin as Matt Graver invited her to join the black-ops army, she didn’t know how big the consequence was.
This special team was formed to eradicate a drug syndicate. On the other hand, Macer smells a conspiracy in this mission. Their mission is located in Juarez, Mexico border and Macer only sees the boss and his teammates acting. Benicio Del Toro as Alejandro committed illegal acts during the reconnaissance stage. Macer’s innocent expression still lets us think how much impact psychology has on Macer. When she doesn’t know what she really saw, we, as an audience, just focus on her actions. “Sicario” is a thriller, crime, and action movie; a breathtaking movie.
Denis Villeneuve’s trademark still there, after successfully gave us two psychological movies such as “Prisoners” and “Enemy“. And like that, he did it again in “Sicario”, give us a question of what really happened in this world. Does the hitman have to act as he pleases by killing this drug kingpin? Are bad people never needed at all? Who is actually evil and good here? We look at all these questions in Kate Macer’s perspective and can only think about morality.
This movie is about humanity, besides the drug trafficking, but also tells about the human side from the point of view of the criminal. It’s about morality, gray, with dark shades, stunned to think what morality is. Just like the end of the movie when everything has been eradicated, everything has been achieved, but it doesn’t change the fact that chaos still there. There is a bridge, a tense of a bridge. The ambush on the highway scene, the raiding at night scene, the final confrontation between Alejandro and Macer, the dining table scene, this is what we call a thriller.
“Sicario”, in addition to having many secrets and mysteries, has neat cinematography. There are so many explicit scenes, very difficult to look away from the screen. The spectacular tone of the night-vision scene, as if giving a new perspective from the style itself. Emily Blunt is perfect depicts the conflict of psychology from inside and outside. In an emotional way, we are very difficult to breathe even she needs one cigarette to reduce her tension. We genuinely feel her as a character, as a human being. Loss of relief, confusion, pain, as well as the audience.
Josh Brolin’s Matt is comic relief but he is also the most important character in this film. His development at first as comic relief into one of the most terrifying characters in this movie, very brilliant. Del Toro is just amazing. He doesn’t need dialogue to improve his character, not many stories in one scene with another. Every time he appears on the screen, we don’t know what we are looking for. Just look, a big influence arises on this character. He isn’t the bad guy, has a dark past, but is just his dark soul we fear. Internal conflict is very strong, even though there isn’t much dialogue, but his motives can be recognized by the audience.
It’s hard to say “Sicario” as an action movie. If you want to find the action, maybe this is not for you regardless of the action in this movie is so minimal. It’s rather difficult to compare it with modern crime-action thriller films. Maybe, this is the same as “True Detective” or “Se7en“. “Sicario” is a great modern thriller movie, emphasizing its themes, emphasizing its sight, showing the beauty of suspense, while being rather heavy. The movie is kind of boring if you want to say so, but it’s an entire point of this Denis Villeneuve’s flick.
4.5 out of 5 stars.