El Sicario, Room 164

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In an anonymous motel room on the U.S./Mexico border, a Ciudad Juárez hitman speaks. He has killed hundreds of people and is an expert in torture and kidnapping. He was simultaneously on the payroll of the Mexican drug cartels and a commander of the Chihuahua State Police. There is currently a $250,000 contract on his life and he lives as a fugitive, though he has never been charged with a crime in any country. With his face obscured by a black mesh hood, he tells his story to the camera inside the very motel room he once used to hold and torture kidnapped victims. Aided only by a magic marker and notepad, which he uses to illustrate and diagram his words, the sicario describes, in astounding detail, his life of crime, murder, abduction and torture. -- (C) Icarus


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  • The stories are horrific, if laced with Tarantino-style humor.

    Jan 4, 2012 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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  • El Sicario: Room 164 is an almost laughably simple, aggressively drab-looking film, but it packs a wallop.

    Dec 29, 2011 | Rating: B+
  • Rosi avoids all embellishments, such as re-creating some of the crimes. A wise choice, since the hit man's narration is compelling and frightening on its own.

    Dec 28, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Finally less compelling for its random details of multiple brutalities than for its chilling portrait of a country irretrievably rotting from within.

    Dec 27, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • The film's sparse, almost banal presentation is a virtue, for to boldface the horrors under discussion would only trivialize or sensationalize them, as the Mexican murder magazines do.

    Dec 27, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Despite his repentance, you sense that this lost soul will be confessing his sins for all eternity.

    Dec 20, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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