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Thursday, 24 December 2015

SICARIO [2015]

It's funny to think that a film as brutally violent as Sicario is, it's still Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's most widely accessible and lightest to date.
Emily Blunt does a tremendous job as a rule-abiding FBI agent who is enlisted by a shady American government task force to help take down a vicious leader of a Mexican drug cartel.
The plot is quite simple but it's the characters that complicate it with white-knuckle tension and unsettling unpredictability with each new riveting reveal.
It's visually stunning with a grisly realism and nerve-wracking intimacy that is beautifully merged with a ominous and pulse-pounding score from Jóhann Jóhannsson.  I enjoyed it quite a bit while watching it but it kept coming back and haunting me for days afterwards, only heightening the anticipation of viewing it again.

4½ hitmen out of 5

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