|Benicio Del Toro in Sicario|
It's made clear from the beginning - authoritative figures are not who they claim to be. Don't trust them. That leaves us the rest of the film to figure out just who they are, and what they want. Believe me, that takes a long time - we open on a drugs raid, but we don't find any drugs. No - it's far worse than that. What the FBI, headed by Emily Blunt, find are bodies. Lots of bodies. Villeneuve certainly knows how to make an impact.
|Brolin and co.|
|Emily Blunt spirals into darkness|
For, despite the fact that the characters physically emerge, the film spirals into darkness so pitch black, that you wonder how the film was acquired for a 'blockbuster' style release. I wont spoil anything, but lets just say that I, one who is used to ultra-dark films, was surprised to the lengths that this film goes.
|The aftermath of violence|
The performances are fantastic also. I don't believe Oscar nominations are on the cards, nobody really has a large enough role, but they're fantastic in any case. For instance, Benicio Del Toro is one of the finest enigmas in modern cinematic history. He hardly talks, but at certain points in the movie he unleashes the darkest, most unrelenting violence, all with the same cold stare. If his part had been slightly larger (And to be honest I don't really see that), we could be looking at a best supporting actor award. As in, really, this film is worth seing just for him. And Josh Brolin is as fantastic as ever. He's really having a good year, with this and Inherent Vice. Of course, the main concern character wise is our heroine, played by Emily Blunt. Blunt plays the character pitch perfect, with an innocence and confusion that winds throughout the whole movie. One just wishes that she'd stop being so innocent!
In short, I feel as if Sicario is a film of three parts. In the first, we are exposed to the crazy action and brutal world of the cartels, I would give this 4 stars. In the second, we have a political drama with a bit of subtext and action, I think this is worth around 3 stars. And in the last half hour, we have the darkest, most entertaining, and the most beautiful thriller of the year, undoubtedly worthy of 5 stars. So where does that leave us?
Well, I think it leaves us with a very good film that's painfully short of masterpiece status. Like Prisoners, and Enemy, Villeneuve has created an incredible, and extreme dark world of visceral thrills and cerebral meditations.
|Sicario gets 4 stars!|