Sicario (Spanish for “Hitman”) is a 2015 American action thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Taylor Sheridan.
It stars Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Victor Garber.
The film follows a principled FBI agent who is enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel.
Sicario received praise for its screenplay, direction, musical score, cinematography, and Blunt’s and del Toro’s performances. The film was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Sound Editing at the 88th Academy Awards. It also earned BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Music. Its sequel, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, was released on June 29, 2018.
Just the sort of film critics love. It doesn’t follow the usual ‘man alone’ against the world Hollywood trope. Nobody is a ‘Hero’ and the genre is more ‘Political Realism’. I don’t think any actor deserved an award nomination, but when you portray dark depressing characters, suddenly, somehow this is award nominating material.
Not recommended unless you want another lecture on how the world really works.