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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


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

All Critics (263) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (242) | Rotten (21)

  • 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

  • Sep 15, 2018
    Not my type of thing, but okay.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2017
    Young idealistic swat team door kicker gets more - and less - then she bargains for after she volunteers to join a DoD drug war task force led by a maverick smartass with a murky agenda. Even more mysterious is the presence of a steely-eyed South American who seems to wield almost as much authority over the team. Sicario delivers a potent sobering message about the modern war on drugs, while also serving as they 'Don't Go To Mexico' PSA. Soundtrack contributes a palpable sense of foreboding with it's repetitive low tones more The music score contributes a palpable sense of foreboding with its repetitive low tones more befitting to a science fiction horror movie. Richard Deakins' camerawork captures the deep southwestern landscape in eye-widening fashion. Many tension laden sequences, the best of which may be a prisoner transport from Nogal u many tension laden sequences, the best of which may be a prisoner transport from Nogales back to the USA which has the audience scanning every pedestrian and car seat for trouble through each city block. The cast is solid led by Benicio del Toro who looms largest with danger reflectted in his cagey demeanor. My lone gripe is with Emily Blunt's naïveté, and especially how dumb her reactions are to learning some unsavory truths. What did she possibly think would happen following her threats of exposure? Clearly the smart move would be to play along with your mouth shut, then srab your superiors in the back in your report later, just as they had done to her in the field.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2017
    After a phenomenal opening half hour, Sicario slows down and becomes gradually more dis-interesting as the film comes to an end.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2016
    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 S Super Reviewer

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