Lead 'Sicario' character fails to engage in development

October 27, 2015


‘Sicario’ is a 121-minute film starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin.



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Emily Blunt stars in Sicario, a 2015 American crime thriller film directed by Dean Villeneuve. The film brought in half a million dollars. 


When FBI agent Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) volunteers to help a government task force in dealing with the Mexican Cartel, she is thrown into a world full of corruption and paranoia. 

With cartel members in both the police force and city, Kate has no other option than to trust her life to Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and his suspicious partner, Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro). 

While dealing with her new team, Kate also questions Alejandro’s true intentions. 
She wondered why he wast here in the first place. 

Will Kate be able to survive or will the long reach of the cartel make her another victim of the war on drugs?
This movie was incredible in structure and production, though the story that may leave the audience disinterested towards the conclusion. 

Sicario has a laundry list of achievements from actors who give amazing performances to amazing direction, and some of the best uses of natural light; but what leaves viewers feeling inattentive and bored is the result of 'Sicario's' main character, Kate. 

Kate is introduced to us to be essentially cannon fodder and has nothing to really lose except her life.
It’s difficult to connect to a main character when they don’t feel very human and relatable. We begin to sympathize more with a corrupt Juarez, and it begins to overshadow our main character to the point where the film loses focus on who we are supposed to root for. 

Near the end the movie, Kate takes a backseat during the climax, and the focus shifts. 
There was always seemed to be something at risk, but that is just an illusion. This kills all tension in any scene and the reoccurring problem with the movie. 

If one can get past the story, give the movie a chance and go watch it.


Sicario deserves 3 stars out of 5.

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