Sicario – is a Latin American word for hitman or hired gunman. Right from the start of this film, this action packed thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve, twists and turns through a script that merges parallels between the good, the bad and questioning the conscience between these two. 

The film is set on the lawless borders between Mexico and the United States, where the drug cartels rule and the local authorities are unable to confront these gangs with the same level of aggression that they are operating.

To combat the escalating cross border drug war, an unnamed elite task force lead by specialist Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) steps in, recruiting FBI agent Kate (Emily Blunt) in the process. From here Kate is asked to question her own ethics and morals, as to what is right and what is wrong in this war with no rules of engagement, and no government agency to report to; or to protect her. The ambiguous and suspicious character of Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) is constantly in the narrative, as somewhat of a consultant or protector to the task force. He demands respect and fear from all, and is a central figure to the storyline but it is often unclear who or what he is.  

Sicario is a great movie for those who like action thrillers that keep you guessing until the end. The script keeps you half in the dark with what is actually happening, but allows you to know what you need to – asking for more.

Words by Patrizio Cook

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Details: Sicario | MA15+ | Release date 24 September 2015