Sicario (which, as the poster informs us, is Mexican for 'hitman') is easily the finest movie about the war against drugs since Traffic. This wonderful film is already, clearly, one of the best pictures of the year.
film is written is by Taylor Sheridan, and unbelievably, it's his first
He does, however, have a considerable track record
as an actor in television, credited as 'Tayler' Sheridan, where he had
long runs in the wonderful Veronica Mars
and also The Sons of Anarchy. I wonder if the latter series — focused
on a drug-running biker gang — might have led to this well researched
and beautifully written film script.
Although I tend to focus on
the writer in these posts, full credit must also be given to Sicario's
director, Denis Villeneuve, who has done a staggeringly good job.
Villeneuve is a French Canadian and the only previous film I've seen of
his was the glum but powerful Prisoners.
of the greatest assets of Sicario is its cast. Brit Emily Blunt is as
wonderful as ever — a highly natural and affecting actress (when she
flinches, we flinch, when she's scared, we're scared) who has moved on
from comedies and relationship dramas to action pictures (last seen
toting a gun, a very large gun, in Edge of Tomorrow)
in a very interesting career trajectory.
Supporting her are Josh Brolin
and Benicio Del Toro, both doing some of the best work of their
splendid photography is by Roger Deakins, who is perhaps a little too
fond of shooting dust motes dancing in the sunlight, and the exceptional
music, a pounding menacing monster of a score, is by the Icelandic
Jóhann Jóhannsson, who also did Prisoners. You can hear some of that
A serious, important and beautifully made film. Also, simply, a great thriller.
(Image credits: Exceptionally rich pickings and a fine selection of posters at Imp Awards.)