This is one of many films about the war on drugs but with a bit of a twist. Sent in to get one of many heads of the Cartel, Sicario (Villeneuve, 2015) follows a government task force, led by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), heads to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where death is an everyday occurrence. So much so, bodies hang from bridges and overpasses for all to see. This scene is so familiar to those living there it doesn’t phase them anymore.
Kate Macer (Emily Blunt – The Devil Wears Prada, A Quiet Place I and II) is an FBI negotiator wanting to partake in this mission. After some doing and convincing she’s brought on board. However, once they arrive in Juarez, Mexico she gets pushed aside.
Not one to stand still and do what she’s told, Kate joins the forces which cause either herself or others to almost getting killed. On one of these particular missions, Kate learns the truth on why the task force is there.
TO BE BLUNT, SHE WAS NOT THE RIGHT FIT
Emily Blunt was a horrible choice for the role. In one scene Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) tells Kate she looks like a little girl when she’s sad and that’s exactly why she was wrong for the role, she looks like a little girl.
Blunt is an actress better suited for roles that call for a great deal of sarcasm. Case and point, The Devil Wears Prada (Frankel, 2006). Although she has played dramatic roles as well as comedic roles her departure left a lot to be desired. I would have preferred to see Jessica Chastain, Halle Berry, or Julia Roberts in the role. These are the women that come to mind when watching the movie. Women who have a strong nature about them and can pull off such a role.
The movie as a whole has a great deal of action. There are open fun fights on the roads in Ciudad, Juarez, Mexico between the government agents and those of the cartel (soldiers or footmen). Josh Brolin plays a typical a-hole who seems to have a thing against women being in the thick of things. Del Toro was great as he is always in such roles (check him out in Traffic (Rodriguez, 2000).
Although partially entertaining, I would recommend the movie to anyone. If you’re looking for a movie about the war on drugs, watch Traffic instead.