Sicario is a film which tries hard to be more than a typical thriller, but makes a poor attempt at originality and ultimately becomes exactly what it doesn’t what to be, cliché.


From the start Sicario shows what it is going to be; a well directed, beautifully filmed and well performed film with little action and poor attempts at building tension – mostly coming from a boring story. The film begins with FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) being recruited by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to work on a case against a Mexican drug cartel. She soon discovers, and is disgusted by, corruption within the government itself which allows Graver to basically do what he wishes including the hiring of ex-cartel member Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) who has suspicious motives.

Throughout the entire movie it tries hard to send a message to the audience about the horrors of the cartel and corruption. This message however becomes confused as the movie ultimately follows every rule in the book and turns into a disappointing and standardised revenge story. It hints at being something more than it is but whimps out in a poor final act.


The cinematography in the film is wonderful though and helps to build tension in what would otherwise be bland scenes; the thermal vision sequence whilst running through a tunnel being particularly visually satisfying. The performances are also as you’d expect, on point as the cast give what could easily be flat and standardised characters a bit of depth… although not enough to carry the film.


Sicario is a typical Mexican cartel based film that wants to be more but ultimately fails.