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Led by outstanding work from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, Sicario is a taut, tightly wound thriller with much more on its mind than attention-getting set pieces.



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In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. (C) Lionsgate

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Emily Blunt
as Kate Macy
Jeffrey Donovan
as Steve Forsing
Sarah Minnich
as Pretty Blonde
John Trejo
as Delta 2
Julio Cedillo
as Fausto Alarcon
Alan D. Purwin
as Helocopter pilot
Kaelee Vigil
as Immigrant Woman
Andrea Goodman
as Immigrant
Michael Sheets
as Treasury Agent
Dylan Kenin
as Charlie
Alex Knight
as Coroner
Hank Rogerson
as Phil Coopers
Edgar Arreola
as Guillermo
Kim Larrichio
as Silvio's Wife
Jesus Nevarez
as Castillo-Eliseo
Marty Lindsey
as SWAT Officer
Rio Alexander
as Phoenix Cop
Jesse Ramirez
as Migrant #1
Eric Steinig
as Air Force MP
Michael Aragon
as AIC Guard
Vic Browder
as US Marshal
Boots Southerland
as US Marshal Keith
Adam Taylor Gordon
as US Marshal Kevin
David Garver
as Bob Fisks
James Espinoza
as Migrant #2
as Migrant #3
Tomas Martinez
as Migrant #4
Eb Lottimer
as Bank Manager
Matthew Tompkins
as Jessie Garza
Matthew Page
as Operator
Julian Ortega
as Fausto's Son #1
Ian Posada
as Fausto's Son
Antonio Leyba
as Border Bandit #1
Frank Andrade
as Border Bandit #2
Juan Carlos Mora
as Border Bandit #3
John Burke
as Chandler News Reporter
Jesus Mayorga
as Border Bandit #4
Joseph P. Santillanes
as Homeland Security Officer
Basil Iwanyk
as DEA Agent (Motel Room)
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Critic Reviews for Sicario

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  • Gorgeously made, with a set piece taking place in tunnels underneath the border that conveys chaos without ever looking incoherent and a throbbing Jóhann Jóhannsson score that's the sound of very bad things on the horizon.

    Nov 10, 2015
  • A visceral, in-the-moment ride-along more than a movie to chew over for any length of time.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The thrilling opening sequence of the drugs cartel movie Sicario is a humdinger -- and a stomach churner.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • An unforgettable motion picture that should be on the must-see list for anyone who appreciates films that deal in grays rather than blacks and whites.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • By the end, it packs a death stare so potent it will make you want to turn a blind eye to the shadowy brutality of its real-world horrors.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Succeeds in evoking the anarchic violence of the drug wars raging on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

    Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sicario

Not my type of thing, but okay.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Denis Villeneuve's Sicario keeps up the mystery. While not necessarily sprinting in at nearly 2 hours, Sicario does manage to upkeep the interest for what comes down in the finale. Even while the film tones and slows itself down after its intense introduction and first act, the story pushes itself forward building to its conclusion. The camera work and selected visuals help liven up what would be a very monotone and laborious setting. The action, while not in gigantic bundles, keep the film from becoming a bore. While Emily Blunt takes the lead and delivers the most emotion throughout the picture, Benicio Del Toro finds himself with the more intriguing character. Not much to argue with Josh Brolin rounding out the rest of the major characters. As an action thriller, Sicario lives up to its title. Run for the border.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

Intense and intelligent action thriller that refuses to give easy answers in black or white but depicting a grey world we live in. Especially the shootouts are brutal and intense, the showdown almost terrifying. The cast is outstanding, the camera work, direction: masters are at work here. Only the middle of the film could have been a little tighter. Still: the final scene suggests a conclusion similar to "The Kingdom": things will only get worse.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

An FBI agent joins a task force in a border-crossing battle in the war on drugs. This would be a great movie if the protagonist wasn't basically useless. Doe-eyed in parts, foolish in others, and mostly stripped of any real chutzpah, Macy, played by the usually awesome Emily Blunt, is the opposite of a compelling character; most of the plot happens to her, and the few occasions when she has the opportunity to shape the story, gutless screenwriting thwarts any chance that Macy has to be compelling. The supporting characters are far more interesting, especially personal-vendetta-driven Alejandro. Their amoral commitment is far more interesting than Macy's moral tergiversation. The film's brutal depiction of the borderland's social and political battles is actually as intelligent as the great classic Traffic as the film seems to have a nuanced understanding of how even everyday people's lives are thrown into disarray. Overall, if only the protagonist wasn't such a boring character, this would've been an incredibly compelling film.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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