I was on-board on "Sicario" before I ever set foot in any sort of theater. When you put Emily Blunt, the actress who almost and rightfully should have, played Black Widow for Marvel, in with Josh Brolin aka Thanos and Benicio Del Toro aka The Collector, good things happen. I think good things happened here with "Sicario." The chemistry between Brolin and Del Toro is chemistry I think we'll see in a future movie down the road, I am sure. Those three actors together in the same movie about drug cartels, sign me up.
The trailers for "Sicario" will lead you to believe that it is a flat out action movie. Heck, the premise alone will make you believe it is a flat out action movie. When an optimistic FBI agent (Blunt) joins a CIA SAD officer (Brolin) and his brutal contact into Mexico (Del Toro) on a mission to avenge some fellow agents who died at the hands of the cartels, you would think you are on a path to some really badass venues. I think there is plenty in "Sicario" that would lead you to say to yourself "THAT'S BADASS!" But the movie itself isn't so, not on a whole. You know what? I think I like the movie better than way.
"Sicario" is really about someone who wants so badly to fight the good fight, only to learn that the good fight doesn't exist. Its literally a depiction of someone losing their innocents. The movie states that the only way to fight evil is by bringing your own brand of evil to their doorstep. While "Sicario" is not the first movie in history to showcase this fact, it does so in such a confident manner, that its hard not to give yourself over to it. Its more of a drama than a action movie, but the brief action seems to count just as much as the dramatic parts. This isn't just throwaway moments, these moments matter, which is what makes them so memorable.
The entire cast is riveting in this. I think Emily Blunt has grown considerably since her days of "Devil Wears Prada," and she is proving, year after year, just how strong of a performer she is overall. She is an exciting talent, and I can't believe she is not working more often than she does. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are simply the best. They could do this work in their sleep, and they could make it all worthwhile. I also liked that there was a brief but meaningful presence made by Maximiliano Hernandez, who played Jesper Sitwell in several of the Marvel movies. He does good work here as well.
What is most shocking is that according to "Sicario," the situation of the War on Drugs seems painfully similar to the War on Terror. There are lots of gears grinding towards a solution in both camps, but we still feel miles away from it at the same time. How can we put so much effort into something and still feel so far away? "Sicario" offers a terrible answer to that question, and the answer may not delight everybody who sees the movie, but I give the filmmakers credit for going there. There are some stories that you have to tell the whole way, or not at all and there is lots the filmmakers got away with here, all making it worthwhile.
I don't think "Sicario" will bring anybody to the awards circuit this year, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be scene. Its a drama that is better than it had to be, and its an action movie that doesn't delve into the ridiculous and mindless. "Sicario" is a blunt instrument, and it may seem familiar, but the ride itself is worth taking.
FINAL GRADE: A