Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin
Release Date: Available on Blu-ray & DVD January 5, 2015
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
After an idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) is recruited by a government task-force official (Brolin) to pursue a drug lord, she begins a perilous mission that forces her to question everything she believes—and pits her against a shadowy consultant (Del Toro) with a dangerous agenda.
After an unrelated mission results in a gruesome discovery consisting of a collection of corpses filling the walls of a home, hard working and talented FBI agent Kate Macer (Blunt) is granted an opportunity to join a top secret government group partaking in the deadly and crucial tasks making a significant difference in the fight. Upon accepting she finds herself in a morally and politically questionable world working with an abnormally calm foreign man known simply as Alejandro (Del Toro) who she can’t quite figure out, and an almost sadistically sarcastic commander (Brolin) who seems to have no issue whatsoever breaking whatever laws needed in order to reach his objective. Now Kate must decide whether she can handle the more violent and hands on role required of her new position, one that might accomplish some real good regardless of the drastic methods often required achieving them.
Directed by the incredibly talented Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) from a powerful screenplay by first time writer Taylor Sheridan (best known prior for his acting work in TV’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Veronica Mars’ among more), Villeneuve does a phenomenal job at the helm of ‘Sicario’, guiding Sheridan’s script with perfection. In addition to the notable power of being in this incredibly talented director’s hands, ‘Sicario’ owes a great deal to the powerhouse cast including Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro and more, all of whom deliver impressive performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Sicario’ is easily one of the best films of the year and another impressive notch in the career of the incredibly talented director Denis Villeneuve who delivers yet another flawless, powerful and unforgettable film and a notable follow-up to his last two films ‘Prisoners’ and ‘Enemy’ which were both equally fantastic. The film utilizes more of a bass tremble as opposed a real score, a fact which only contributes notably to amplifying the tension of many moments within ‘Sicario’ and it never hesitates to tackle each situation in a realistic manner, regardless of the brutality and uncompromising situations that may result in many instances.
Overall, ‘Sicario’ is a phenomenal film and one of the best of 2015. Guided by a talented director from a wonderful screenplay and complimented by an incredibly talented cast that never misses a beat, I cannot possibly recommend ‘Sicario’ highly enough. This is a gorgeous, powerful and at times brutal film that is not to be missed and undoubtedly well worth the cost of a rental at the absolute least.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Sicario’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic, delivering a crystal clear, sharp and impressively detailed presentation from start to finish, beautifully capturing the wide and intricate shots so frequent within the film and holding up impressively during the fast moving and darkly lit sequences, never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is an impressive high definition video presentation that should easily satisfy.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds wonderful and perfectly complements this powerful film. It utilizes all seven available channels quite frequently in order to send bullets, crowd and vehicle activity among more throughout the various speakers and masterfully jumps from calm and notably quiet moments to loud and hard hitting with ease, never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a fantastic and top notch Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Sicario’ includes some notable extras in the form of a few Behind the Scenes Featurettes each exploring different aspects of the film and featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews/comments with the cast and crew. The included Featurettes are: ‘Stepping into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario’ (running approximately 17 minutes in length), ‘Blunt, Brolin & Benicio: Portraying the Characters of Sicario’ (approximately 15 minutes), ‘A Pulse from the Desert: The Score of Sicario’ (6 minutes), and ‘Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario’ (14 minutes).