Sicario Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sicario

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Flawless execution.

  • Starring:

    Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Maximiliano Hernández

  • Directed by:

    Denis Villeneuve

  • Running time:

    121 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, hooded, bound, thrown through the air, arrested, kicked, tortured/waterboarded/beaten (implied), pushed, shoved, body-slammed, dragged, hair-pulled, throat-grabbed, near-choked, ear-poked, pinched, stabbed/throat-sliced (off-screen), punched, wrestled. A house is rammed. Money laundering. Explosions, gunfire, broken glass. Military vehicles, personnel, aircraft, SWAT teams. Killers, zealots, kidnapping, Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorists, chop the heads off chickens, decapitated wife, daughter thrown in acid, suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses (fresh/bagged/hooded/blood-covered/children/women/uniformed officers/hung/mutilated/blindfolded). Dismembered arm, head wound, bandage, wound-cleaning, swelling, bruising. Bloody bullet wounds/clothing/arms/faces/cuts, bleeding, blood spatter, pooled blood. Photos of corpses, severed head.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple initiate sex on the couch (but are interrupted). Kissing, flirting, groping. Woman in bra, shirtless men, cleavage, swimwear. Naked corpses. Gonorrhoea, getting a boner mentioned. Incest joke (my wife is my sister). A man threatens that a man's daughters will be violated by twenty men.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Storeroom of wrapped drug parcels. Alcohol (beer, spirits, wine). Smoking, cigarette butts. Narcotics, sobriety, drug land, mules, pollos mentioned. Pub setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, b*tch. Slang for genitals. Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Cartels, drugs, policy, revenge, USA-Mexican border, immigrants, informants, surveillance, jurisdiction, morality, ethics.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Divorce mentioned. Vomiting, spitting. Dogs, planes, helicopters, thunder, lightning. Some Spanish (subtitles). Some high aerial camerawork, low-light/thermal imaging.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Anxiety-inducing, blistering, suspenseful, surprising, intense, muscular, searing, superb, powerful, physical, disturbing, tense, dark, exciting, rock-solid, bleak, significant, brutal, murky, hard-edged. Outstanding/top-flight cast, first-rate/excellent performances, challenging screenplay, expert action sequences, airtight editing, subtly menacing/idiosyncratic/disturbing score, arresting/vivid lensing, masterly direction, impeccably well-crafted, opens brilliantly.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Slow-burning, anti-climactic.

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