So what's why we're here.
Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is an FBI agent selected by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to be part of a government task force aimed at taking down the Mexican cartel. They work along side a DOD agent, Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) who Kate is instantly wary of. It turns out this assignment is nothing she expected it to be, and she and her partner Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) are constantly questioning everything.
The highlight of Sicario is Roger Deakins beautiful cinematography, which is among the best he's ever done. I know we're all predicting Emmanuel Lubezki to take home his 3rd Oscar in a row for The Revenant, but he's got some serious competition here. The way Deakins frames the quieter moments of the film are masterful, but it's the way he helps the film build tension in something as simple as traffic are something else. (Johan Johannsson's menacing score helps too) Plus, he films a a portion of the film through the lens of thermal and night vision cameras without making it feel too gimmicky.
Blunt is perfectly cast here. Kate has some baggage but she does her best to not let it interfere with her work. Kaluuya provides the lighter moments, and I'm so glad he's getting more work Stateside because he has been brilliant in the British TV shows and films I've seen him in. Del Toro also stands out. Alejandro is a very intimidating character but he manages to bring out a softer side of him. Of course, it doesn't last long. He's quite ruthless, but seeing those moments there reminds us there's more underneath.
I never planned on seeing this film until recently, it just didn't seem interesting to me. I'm always happy to be swayed by good reviews to see something I may have written off. This was worth it.
Memorable Quote: "You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists." - Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro)