|Benicio Del Toro||…|
Plot- An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
Review- The plot for Sicario is rather simple. The CIA and a rather reluctant FBI agent work together with The Punisher in order to bring down a Mexican drug cartel, and this is the basis for an excellent film. Although, I fear that (yet again!) the trailers have mi-sold the film. And for some reason, whist watching Sicario I kept thinking of The Hurt Locker. Like that and you’ll like this.
The soundtrack is a distant menacing drumbeat that causes tension from the very beginning and continues on throughout the film. I’ve never known anything like it. It’s just a shame that the film itself doesn’t measure up.
The director tries though, the camera work is amazing with the camera sometime hiding in cars, making us feel like were spying on the main characters, or switching to night vision when the characters do, its a masterpiece in how to make the audience feel like an active participant in a film instead of merely watching it.
It does a great job of showing us the shades of grey that exist in today’s world where its never going to be as simple as choosing between right and wrong but merely choosing between the wrong that’s more right. And it shows that the circle of violence just keeps on spinning.
So whats wrong with it? How can I put this… There’s not really any tension (aside from that magnificent soundtrack) gunfights rarely last more than a few seconds and occur mostly off-screen, most of the characters mumble their lines to the extent that I had difficulty hearing what they were saying.
And…. well…. I couldn’t tell you any of their names if my life depended upon it. Emily Blunt does an amazing job as FBI Special Agent Rookie, Josh Brolin is magnificent as ‘Dodgy CIA guy’ and Benicio del Toro dleivers a masterclass as ‘The Punisher.’ But I didn’t catch their names and they seemed merely to be stereotypes. Which I found really disappointing.
Summing up, amazing camera work, soundtrack and acting is let down by cardboard characters, mumbled dialogue and a by the numbers plot.
My Score- If Nothing Else