An excellent action-packed drama by the Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, Incendies (2010) and Arrival (2016), starring the lovely Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro.
The story revolves around Kate (Emily Blunt), an idealistic FBI agent who volunteers for a not so idealistic operation to take down a known drug cartel.We follow Kate and the two men responsible for carrying out the operation, Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), and the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), as they go across the border to carry out their mission, abiding to no law whatsoever.
The film is written by Mark Shreidan and shot by the great Roger Deakins, The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and No Country for Old Men (2007), who showcases his talent using absolutely stunning landscape shots and a whole lot of bird’s eye view camera shots. This is specifically displayed in a scene where we get to follow the shadow of a plane through the desert as it takes off in a rather mesmerizing shot.
To check out more of the cinematography: Cinematography: Sicario (2015)
The film is carried out by great performances from the entire cast, especially from Benicio Del Toro, who shines as the antihero. The story keeps its audience on the edge of their seats, and the eerie soundtrack by Jóhann Jóhannsson makes even the simplest scene seem chilling. The minimal use of explosives and CGI makes this film easily one of the greatest action movies of the past five years.
Rating: 8.5 / 10