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SICARIO Directed by Denis Villeneuve Starring: Emily Blunt. Josh Brolin. Benicio Del Toro. Jon Bernthal. Nothing will make sense to your American ears. But in the end, you will understand. - Alejandro Sicario means hitman and this film is relentlessly visceral in depicting the violence in the methods used to bring down the drug cartels that operate in the cross border between Mexico and the US. Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) is an idealistic FBI agent, enlisted by an elite government task force official Matt (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) with a questionable past, the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything she believes in order to survive. The opening is a blood curdling vision of rotting corpses which are discovered in the walls of a home in Arizona which belongs to a drug cartel. It is an eye opener for Kate, the first of many which are designed to shock her and challenge her ideals as she steps further into the bloody world of violence and corruption. Her partner Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya) suspects everyone’s motives and is along with Kate as her friend and driver on a road laden with body-bumps. Kate and Reggie are introduced to Matt who appears to be a defence contractor or so he says, but is more likely to be from the CIA. Nothing or no one is what or whom they seem. Our empathy is with Kate from the start because like her we the audience are never too sure what we are getting into. Emily Blunt explained her character this way: She gets pulled into this incoherent world of the cartel and the CIA when she forms a sort of makeshift task force with Josh Brolin’s character and Alejandro who is sort of mysterious. They don’t know which side they’re on. They are certainly not law-abiding. They do things with very unusual…

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A magazine for discerning cinemagoers and filmmakers.

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A magazine for discerning cinemagoers and filmmakers.

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