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Sicario - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Aug 1, 2018 - 8:01:40 PM

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A cinematic gem of the crime thriller genre that showcases the strengths of of all involved.

The Border Is Just Another Line To Cross.

An idealistic federal agent is enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in an escalating war against drugs in a lawless border area between two countries. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a shady past, the squad sets out on a covert assignment that forces the federal agent to re-evaluate her belief structure in order to make it back to her former job alive.

Kate Macer is an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has been chosen to join a Black Ops Task Force on a clandestine mission that will challenge her core beliefs in justice & security. Matt Graver is an officer for the Central Intelligence Agency who has chosen Kate to be a part of his elite team looking to win a battle in the war on drugs by crippling a cartel through coordinated strikes. Alejandro Gillick is a man with a dark past who is looking for vengeance after the death of his family under the orders of a cartel boss who thinks himself untouchable.

Sicario is one of the best films of 2015 and captivates its audience with its real life depiction of violence in the ongoing war on drugs. The cast of this movie is an overabundance of talent that is a perfect example of an alpha film where most of the supporting cast have been or will be the leads in a theatrical release or a television show. Denis Villlenuve directs a taut thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish as he is able to get some scenes in that will probably be taught in film schools for years to come. The screenplay by Taylor Sheridan intelligently communicates the plight of war from different perspectives in a way that makes you understand the type of people who are formed from these types of conflicts. Jóhann Jóhannsson provides us with a score that fits the heavy tone of the film as it underlines the serious life or death situations that the characters place themselves in from moment to moment. Roger Deakins’ cinematography adds to the emotional heft of this motion picture by practically setting the temperature of each scene in a way that you feel the tension in the air by how you view it. This is a modern classic for a reason and that border crossing scene has already been copied in lesser film making endeavors which proves just how iconic this cinematic jewel has become in such a short amount of time. I rate this film a rating of 4 & 1/2 out of 5.

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