Benicio del Toro Courtesy Viral Plate

Benicio del Toro Courtesy Viral Plate

Sicario was selected to compete in the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival but didn’t win even though its Director Denis Villeneuve is known for good shake-ups at the Film Festivals. His last film Enemy coincidentally feature Cannes Film Festival Jury member and American actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

Sicario means assassin and the plot of the film is about an FBI agent Kate who gets selected to join an undercover operation to take down a Mexican cartel when she stumbles upon a house full of dead bodies.

Kate is confused about her new recruitment and keeps questioning the team and the boss Matt about what is really going on and why there is an insider Mexican Alejandro part of the operation. She gets nowhere with her quest for the reality but discovers horrible truths about the cartel, her organization and the undercover operation. Kate wants to run.

This incredible chase is only incredible due to the direction of Denis Villeneuve and the cinematography by Roger Deakins. Roger is a favorite of the Coen Brothers and he also has done work in Jarhead and Skyfall, for example in Sicario the scene of the American armored vehicles crossing into Mexico with an aerial shot is unforgettable and will soon be copied in other films. Great soundtrack by Johann Johannsson who last did The Theory of Everything, so the contrast has been wonderful to listen to and unfold in the action plots of Sicario.

Emily Blunt is the FBI agent and unfortunately she is quite irritating and looks very tired. But this film is a breakthrough chance for Daniel Kaluuya, British born actor who is Reggie (Kate’s FBI partner).

Josh Brolin is Matt and is a typical American CIA operative but it is Benicio del Toro who is Alejandro and gives you the chills. Benicio is an Academy Award and Cannes Film Festival winner and perhaps Director Denis selected him for this deep, painful and sharp role of an assassin Alejandro. He delivers in style and may have a chance of another Academy nomination.

Sicario is not for the light-hearted, you need to love action, violence or a super intense investigation, Mexican cartel is not for everyone.