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El Sicario, Room 164 (2011)

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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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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

Gianfranco Rosi's extraordinary one-man documentary stares long and hard at the practiced but no less terrifying monologues of a Mexican hit man.

June 28, 2013 | Full Review…

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

December 29, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

December 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.

December 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.

December 27, 2011 | Full Review…

Despite his repentance, you sense that this lost soul will be confessing his sins for all eternity.

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

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