Sicario (2015)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 3 mins

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A police officer from Tucson, Arizona travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries to track down a drug lord.

Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin

Crew: Denis Villeneuve (Director), Roger Deakins (Director of Photography), Johann Johannsson (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Release Dates: 18 Sep 2015 (India), 18 Sep 2015 (Worldwide)

Tagline: The border is just another line to cross.

English Name: Sicario

Movie Rating
Based on 3 ratings
Music Rating
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Did you know? "Sicario" means "Hitman" in Spanish. Read More
A Masterpiece!
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I’ve waited so long for this film. Heaven knows I have! And as the saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait”. Only, this isn’t just a good thing. It’s one of the year’s best. It’s a masterpiece of world cinema that grabs you by the neck and never lets you go till the end. It’s Villeneuve’s 4th masterpiece in seven attempts (at least by my count). Over these past two year, I’ve become a Villeneuve fan and it has been a wonderful journey of fantastic cinema. There’s this (poorly thought through and juvenile) theory I have that Villeneuve is what Nolan could have become if he hadn’t gone all blockbuster. Villeneuve’s treatment of the source material is so unique. Take Sicario apart and it turns out to be a very ordinary story about the Mexican drug cartel. But what helps elevate the source material is the director’s sure fire direction of suspense. I was virtually on the edge of my seat during most of the second half. I balled up my fists and that left nail marks on my sweaty sweaty palms. There were sequences when I couldn’t bear to watch. There were tense silences when I could feel my heart pounding mightily against my chest. This has to be the finest thriller of the year.
There is a reason I’m not giving you a synopsis of the story. The best way to go into Sicario is by being totally oblivious to even a story sketch. Don’t even watch the trailers if you haven’t already! Blunt is perfect for the role. She has the bad-assery to play an FBI agent while showing enough vulnerability to revel the cracks beneath the surface. Del Toro is in his element. The coldness and suave that he displays makes him the only person who can play that role. I seriously can’t think of anyone else more suitable. It’s probably his best performance in years. Josh Brolin as the cool headed CIA operative is something we’ve come to see in last year’s Inherent Vice. There is an interrogation scene in which is particularly memorable. There is also this bit of dark humor laced in which works brilliantly.
The cinematography requires special mention because it too felt like a character. Roger Deakins man! DAUM! Seriously, how the hell does he do what he does? He’s a bloody magician! The night time sequences actually look like night time sequences! The shots of the barren deserts, the sun baked cities, the night vision (refer movie), the thermal vision (also refer movie) were all done to absolute perfection. He simply has to win the Oscar for this. He has been rejected far too many times. In the Cannes press conference, Deakins cited Jean Pierre Melville’s films as an inspiration and it show. The sort of smooth transition from one shot to the next, the calm before the storm, the visual hues. It’s all there. Now I’m doubly excited for Blade Runner 2!

The score by Johann Johannsson (who also scored for Villeneuve’s Prisoners) is tremendous and adds to the mounting tension and anxiety. The editing is clear cut and the sound effects man! There were so many times that I felt jumpy! The vibrations of an approaching helicopter, the sound of tires over a road bump, the thunder of a gunshot, all made to sound absolutely perfect! In short, there were no flaws at all! It’s a perfect movie. Oh, yes it is!

The feeling of watching SIcario is like a Boa Constrictor attacking its prey. It coils itself around you and then starts to squeeze until you are out of breath and then swallows you whole. Even if you manage to get out alive, it does leave a very sizeable mark. You never truly recover from Sicario. It stays with you long after the credits stop rolling. DO NOT miss this film peeps. One of the best of the year.
5/5. Predicting it to be nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

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as Alejandro
as Kate Macy
as Matt
as Helocopter pilot
as Police Officer
as Coroner
as Immigrant
as Manuel Diaz
as Bar Patron / American Traveler
as Army Soldier
as Delta
as Immigrant
as Immigrant
as Immigrant
as Homeland Security Agent
as Gangster / drug smuggler
as Reggie
as Bob Fisks
as Police Officer
as Military solider
as Charlie
as Border Bandit
as Guillermo
as Border Patrol
as AIC Guard
as Air Force MP
as DEA Agent
as Border Patrol
as Soldier
as Phil Cooper
as American Tourist at Border
as Soldier
as Driver / soccer dad
as Pickup Driver
as Steve Forsing
Supporting Actor
as Military police
as Homeland Security Official
as Delta 2
as Migrant #7
as Ted
as Border Bandit #3
as Fausto Alarcon
as Border car driver
as Immigrant Woman
as Soldier
as Driver at Border Crossing
as Silvio's Wife
as Tunnel Bandit
as Alex Driver
as Soccer kid
as ICE Agent
as Delta Driver #1
as Swat Team Leader
as Operator
as Jessie Garza
as AIC Gaurd
as Driver at Border Crossing
as Treasury Agent
as Senator
as Delta
as Soccer Kid
as Driver / Event Attendee
as ICE Agent
as Rafael
as DEA Agent
as Border Crossing
as Pretty Blonde
as Delta Driver 4
as Police Officer
as AIC Guard
as Waitress
as Jennings
as US Marshall

Direction

Director
First Assistant Director

Production

Executive Producer
Associate Producer
Line Producer
Unit Production Manager

Distribution

Writers

Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
Camera Operator

Music

Music Director
Music Editor

Sound

Sound Effects Editor
Foley Artist
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Boom Operator

Art

Production Designer
Set Decorator
Assistant Art Director
Assistant Props Master
Storyboard Artist

Casting

Casting Director
Casting Assistant

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Assistant Costume Designer
Costume Assistant

Editorial

Editor
First Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor

Marketing and Public Relations

Graphic Designer

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor
Colorist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator

Stunts

Stunt Director
Stunt Coordinator
Stunt Double
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Spoken Languages:
Spanish
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital
Camera:
ARRI ALEXA Plus, ARRI ALEXA Studio
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies)
Taglines:
The border is just another line to cross.
Trivia:
This is Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins's second collaboration. They will also be working together on the new Blade Runner movie.

Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin, Maximiliano Hernandez, and Benicio Del Toro are all involved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Bernthal plays Frank Castle/Punisher (Daredevil), Brolin plays Thanos (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Hernandez plays Agent Sitwell (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents of SHIELD) and Del Toro plays The Collector (Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy)

Emily Blunt started filming four months after she delivered her first baby girl Hazel.

The word "Sicario" means "Hitman" in Spanish.

Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro had also worked together in The Wolfman (2010)

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin had appeared together in Inherent Vice (2014) and Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Initially, the director was asked to rewrite Emily Blunt's part for a man.

This is the third film in which Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro have appeared in. The previous two were Inherent Vice (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

"Sicario" means "Hitman" in Spanish.