Friday, October 2, 2015
Sicario Review: Crime Thriller Entices with Gritty Tone and Great Cast
The story of Sicario follows FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt). Kate is signed to a special task force run by government official Matt Gracer (Josh Brolin). The team's mission is take down a powerful cartel in Mexico by any means necessary. This includes enlisting the help of a mysterious hitman named Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro). As the mission goes on, Kate questions the motivation of this task force and the role she has to play in stopping this cartel.
Sicario's story certainly holds true to the concepts presented in its previews. When it came to showing the gritty nature of agencies stopping drug cartels, the plot shows that this scenario is not black and white; and for that reason I found this story to be effective. However, while the plot ideas are great, I found this thrilling story to be lacking in certain areas. Though it was a good story, the plot did not have much complexity to it. Sicario was all about the team catching the cartel and that was about it. Perhaps I was expecting to much from the story, but I felt that there could have been more to this plot more engaging. The other thing that had me scratching my head was the movie's subplot. The story featured scenes of Mexican cop Silvio (Maximiliano Hernandez) spending time with his family. While this subplot managed to fit with the rest of the film, I wondered if the story of Silvio was truly necessary. While story behind Sicario had some missteps, this is not to say that the crime movie's plot was not ineffective.
While the may not have been the definitive crime thriller, Sicario was still a unique presentation. The movie showed the dark underworld of Mexico and how dealing with cartels can be a gray situation. Along with strong story elements were fantastic performances from the whole cast; as well as techincal factors that were fitting for a film such as Sicario. When it comes down to it, the film's major issue was its execution. The movie was quite effective but if just elaborated in certain areas, then it could have been a stronger feature. Yet while it may have its share of issues, Sicario was still (in this adventurer's opinion) an engaging thriller.