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Sicario (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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
R (for strong violence, grisly images, and language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Emily Blunt
as Kate Macy
Benicio Del Toro
as Alejandro
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
Bernardo P. Saracino
as Manuel Diaz
Kevin Wiggins
as Burnett
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
Matt 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
Jesus Mayorga
as Border Bandit #4
John Burke
as Chandler News Reporter
Joseph P. Santillanes
as Homeland Security Officer
Basil Iwanyk
as DEA Agent (Motel Room)
Ivan Allen Ransopher
as News Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Sicario

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (42)

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.

Full Review… | November 10, 2015
BuzzFeed News
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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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2015
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2015
Detroit News
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Succeeds in evoking the anarchic violence of the drug wars raging on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

Full Review… | October 1, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Within this dark epic of American failure lives an effective but decidedly minor vigilante flick.

Full Review… | October 1, 2015
Boston Globe
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Far from being just another crime story, "Sicario" is cinema at its most ambitious.

Full Review… | October 1, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for Sicario

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


Excellent directing and cinematography, and a thoughtful script, make "Sicario" an impressive film, albeit slowly paced. The acting is superb from all, except possibly Blunt, whose occasional, affected naivety and weakness blended implausibly with the self-assured, tough and jaded agent who volunteers for an obviously dangerous assignment. On the one hand, she's tough as nails, is perfectly willing to consider shooting another agent in the back, and agrees to be on a team she is explicitly told is operating outside of the law. Yet on the other hand, she breaks down at times and is freaked out when she sees someone of the team acting outside of the law. Well, which one is it, Emily?! Are you a gritty cop or an idealist? It was like seeing two different characters on the screen, depending on what suited to moment most impact-fully. If one just approaches the film accepting that Blunt's character is just a bit unstable, then the film is excellent and entertaining. Otherwise, it's confusing and manipulative.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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