Monday, February 15, 2016
Sicario by Denis Villeneuve, 2015 (R)
with Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Victor Garber, Josh Brolin, Daniel Kaluuya
After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo).
And this is how you discover the entire thing is a trap. A trap which users all over the world participate in. As long as you will have users, you will have a business, and since the drugs are illegal, you will have traffic, and outlaws, and murder, and none of the justice. And since it is a risky but juicy business, you will have competition, interest and massacres.
What we witness in this movie is how a justice system decide to play its options, so the competition is less and they can have an illusion of control, but eventually, keep the business going. We are Emily Blunt and Daniel Kaluuya, innocent at the beginning, and eventually (SPOILER) in the end, feel dirty, used... It is not a feel-good movie, it is a slice in the life of drug trafficking, with no outcome. It is the prism mirror or Traffic from Soderbergh, except this time, Benicio Del Toro is not your friend.