Reviews

  • 2d ago

    Everything in this movie is intense - the music, the acting, the story - just incredibly raw.

    Everything in this movie is intense - the music, the acting, the story - just incredibly raw.

  • 3d ago

    With its slow/dynamic cinematography, show/not show direction and just brilliant, brilliant performances, this is clearly one of the best movies of the decade, especially concerning the 2 faces of justice.

    With its slow/dynamic cinematography, show/not show direction and just brilliant, brilliant performances, this is clearly one of the best movies of the decade, especially concerning the 2 faces of justice.

  • 6d ago

    Every single shot of the film has a lot of elements to pay attention and appreciate its. The script has a great development but that you can't understand it at first, it's until the end when you have understood what kind of way took this film. The performances were great and Denis Villeneuve mark his personal seal of him in the Crime Films.

    Every single shot of the film has a lot of elements to pay attention and appreciate its. The script has a great development but that you can't understand it at first, it's until the end when you have understood what kind of way took this film. The performances were great and Denis Villeneuve mark his personal seal of him in the Crime Films.

  • Sep 17, 2021

    Great movie but feels kind of slow after the beginning at some points.

    Great movie but feels kind of slow after the beginning at some points.

  • Sep 15, 2021

    Sicario is a very serious movie. So serious that it leaves next to no room for respite throughout its 2 hour run time. It was very good, but at the same time, it is quite a predictable action thriller that doesn't allow for much imagination while watching.

    Sicario is a very serious movie. So serious that it leaves next to no room for respite throughout its 2 hour run time. It was very good, but at the same time, it is quite a predictable action thriller that doesn't allow for much imagination while watching.

  • Sep 11, 2021

    Beautiful in terms of the cinematography, editing, visual effects, sets/props/costumes, and soundtrack, but unfortunately, the plot turned out to be rather unrealistic and wishy washy, with a simple revenge subplot. The story started out strong with a nice shootout that had some suspense and an intriguing voluntary job offer for the main character, but then not as much happened in the middle, with the suspense and tension mostly disappearing, and the ending was solely focused on the revenge subplot, with a side character taking over for 10 or 15 minutes. I expected lots of action, but a sizeable amount of time was spent on dialogue, which worsened the pacing, although the film was by no means boring overall. The action towards the end of the film was also rather silly because I can't imagine people from different departments getting into physical fights, being pinned to the ground at gunpoint, or getting shot at by friendlies whilst wearing a bulletproof vest. Then there was an unexpected lack of emotion and emotional impact considering the seriousness of the topic, and the writers clearly favoured the popular 'the war on drugs can't be won' viewpoint. The main character was overly naive (e.g. her decision to point her gun at the assassin was moronic) but largely likeable and received some development, but her partner and several side characters could've been developed more, with the assassin coming across as unrealistically overpowered and skilled, the partner lacking brains, and the boss being a cowboy. Lastly, the acting felt authentic, especially from Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro.

    Beautiful in terms of the cinematography, editing, visual effects, sets/props/costumes, and soundtrack, but unfortunately, the plot turned out to be rather unrealistic and wishy washy, with a simple revenge subplot. The story started out strong with a nice shootout that had some suspense and an intriguing voluntary job offer for the main character, but then not as much happened in the middle, with the suspense and tension mostly disappearing, and the ending was solely focused on the revenge subplot, with a side character taking over for 10 or 15 minutes. I expected lots of action, but a sizeable amount of time was spent on dialogue, which worsened the pacing, although the film was by no means boring overall. The action towards the end of the film was also rather silly because I can't imagine people from different departments getting into physical fights, being pinned to the ground at gunpoint, or getting shot at by friendlies whilst wearing a bulletproof vest. Then there was an unexpected lack of emotion and emotional impact considering the seriousness of the topic, and the writers clearly favoured the popular 'the war on drugs can't be won' viewpoint. The main character was overly naive (e.g. her decision to point her gun at the assassin was moronic) but largely likeable and received some development, but her partner and several side characters could've been developed more, with the assassin coming across as unrealistically overpowered and skilled, the partner lacking brains, and the boss being a cowboy. Lastly, the acting felt authentic, especially from Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro.

  • Sep 08, 2021

    Denis Villeneuve produce un gioiello del cinema di azione; difficilmente l'asticella per un film del genere può arrivare più in alto. Viene esplorata meravigliosamente la sottile linea che divide la giustizia dalla vendetta personale. Il cast è coeso e crede totalmente nel film, il contorno di musica e fotografia è meraviglioso; anche le sequenze di azione sono buone. Probabilmente il personaggio meno riuscito è proprio quello della protagonista Emily Blunt, un po' noioso nei suoi "classici" dilemmi morali.

    Denis Villeneuve produce un gioiello del cinema di azione; difficilmente l'asticella per un film del genere può arrivare più in alto. Viene esplorata meravigliosamente la sottile linea che divide la giustizia dalla vendetta personale. Il cast è coeso e crede totalmente nel film, il contorno di musica e fotografia è meraviglioso; anche le sequenze di azione sono buone. Probabilmente il personaggio meno riuscito è proprio quello della protagonista Emily Blunt, un po' noioso nei suoi "classici" dilemmi morali.

  • Sep 07, 2021

    Es una buena película de acción y suspenso; la trama es muy buena y las actuaciones de Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro y Josh Brolin son excelentes, es muy recomendable.

    Es una buena película de acción y suspenso; la trama es muy buena y las actuaciones de Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro y Josh Brolin son excelentes, es muy recomendable.

  • Aug 31, 2021

    At the beginning of Sicario, the definition of the title is explained. Sicario is the Spanish word for contract killer - a title that makes little sense for large parts of the film, as there is little or no hint of a hitman. But when the strands come together at the end and the final showdown takes place, you realise: this title is a bull's eye. Until it comes to that, an FBI agent is assisted by a mysterious association hired to help fight a Mexican drug cartel. Director Denis Villeneuve has done a great job with the cast. Emily Blunt finds herself in a moral dilemma over the mission as the ambitious but little respected Kate Macer within the male-dominated Force. The more she finds out about the organisation, the more suspicious and antagonistic she becomes. This leads to the point where, in the final act, she finds herself walking a fine line between life and death, entering interpersonal spirals. Blunt's performance is serious and tough, which makes Kate stand out as the only relevant female character. This is partly due to her chemistry with Benicio del Toro. He plays Alejandro, one of the group's top commanders. The two share great moments. Every dialogue and confrontation is tense and you never know what's coming next. Del Toro once again completely lives up to his reputation as a specialist in crime films. Like Blunt, he is very serious and at the beginning pretends to be the taciturn and mysterious justice fighter. Towards the end, however, the character takes on a new facet that makes him even more intriguing and fascinating. Alejandro's real intention is only revealed in the very last sequences of the film, resulting in the most memorable scenes and performance in the person of Del Toro. Josh Brolin, as the slightly lazy head of the organisation Matt Graver, stays rather in the background of the action. He is responsible for the comedic patter and wages a subtle small war of toxic masculinity against Blunt's character. Nevertheless, Graver is surprisingly likeable and is given additional elements by Brolin's acting, which then makes a basically generic character more remarkable. The stellar performances of the cast are not even Sicarios strongest points. Villeneuve once again manages to build a unique atmosphere. This time it is the irresistible suspense factor which leaves you riveted after the credits. This intensity is everything that a thriller should be about. In addition, there are brilliantly staged action scenes, most of which are very brief but insanely effective. Villeneuve does not skimp on bloodthirsty executions, but authentically presents the stark reality. The fact that these images have such an effect is also due to Roger Deakins' phenomenal camera work. Long shots of the Mexican desert mixed with quick cuts through hectic fight scenes. The only point where Sicario lacks something is in its story. As stirring and realistic as the protagonist's emotional conflict may be, the film often omits not unimportant details that could have made the plot more tangible. There is a need to catch up here, so I'd like to see more of it!

    At the beginning of Sicario, the definition of the title is explained. Sicario is the Spanish word for contract killer - a title that makes little sense for large parts of the film, as there is little or no hint of a hitman. But when the strands come together at the end and the final showdown takes place, you realise: this title is a bull's eye. Until it comes to that, an FBI agent is assisted by a mysterious association hired to help fight a Mexican drug cartel. Director Denis Villeneuve has done a great job with the cast. Emily Blunt finds herself in a moral dilemma over the mission as the ambitious but little respected Kate Macer within the male-dominated Force. The more she finds out about the organisation, the more suspicious and antagonistic she becomes. This leads to the point where, in the final act, she finds herself walking a fine line between life and death, entering interpersonal spirals. Blunt's performance is serious and tough, which makes Kate stand out as the only relevant female character. This is partly due to her chemistry with Benicio del Toro. He plays Alejandro, one of the group's top commanders. The two share great moments. Every dialogue and confrontation is tense and you never know what's coming next. Del Toro once again completely lives up to his reputation as a specialist in crime films. Like Blunt, he is very serious and at the beginning pretends to be the taciturn and mysterious justice fighter. Towards the end, however, the character takes on a new facet that makes him even more intriguing and fascinating. Alejandro's real intention is only revealed in the very last sequences of the film, resulting in the most memorable scenes and performance in the person of Del Toro. Josh Brolin, as the slightly lazy head of the organisation Matt Graver, stays rather in the background of the action. He is responsible for the comedic patter and wages a subtle small war of toxic masculinity against Blunt's character. Nevertheless, Graver is surprisingly likeable and is given additional elements by Brolin's acting, which then makes a basically generic character more remarkable. The stellar performances of the cast are not even Sicarios strongest points. Villeneuve once again manages to build a unique atmosphere. This time it is the irresistible suspense factor which leaves you riveted after the credits. This intensity is everything that a thriller should be about. In addition, there are brilliantly staged action scenes, most of which are very brief but insanely effective. Villeneuve does not skimp on bloodthirsty executions, but authentically presents the stark reality. The fact that these images have such an effect is also due to Roger Deakins' phenomenal camera work. Long shots of the Mexican desert mixed with quick cuts through hectic fight scenes. The only point where Sicario lacks something is in its story. As stirring and realistic as the protagonist's emotional conflict may be, the film often omits not unimportant details that could have made the plot more tangible. There is a need to catch up here, so I'd like to see more of it!

  • Aug 27, 2021

    Amazing film with strong performances and terrific writing makes for a realistic, gritty and raw film, that presents what the book says and how it goes out practically !!

    Amazing film with strong performances and terrific writing makes for a realistic, gritty and raw film, that presents what the book says and how it goes out practically !!