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“Sicario” Brings Strong Performances, Weak Plot

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Justin Shanlian

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“Sicario” has top notch action, some of the best actors in the game and a young director. But does it deliver a compelling story that excites and keeps the audiences engaged?

No.

Emily Blunt stars as Kate Macer, a rising FBI agent trying to track the Mexican Cartel on the United States side of the border. After a bust goes bad, leaving many of her fellow agents dead, she goes on the hunt with the help of the mysterious Matt Graver, played Josh Brolin. He hires Alejandro, played by Benicio Del Toro to help. Together, they try to arrest the leader of the Mexican drug cartel that has been terrorizing Mexico and the southwestern portion of the United States.

On a vengeful path of destruction, Macer is completely unaware of the nefarious dealings of Graver and Alejandro. From the moment these two characters appear on screen their motives are unclear and little is known about who they really are and how they play into the overall story.

The main story is muddled with side stories that try to be smart and unconventional, but instead are confusing. It seems that more time is spent trying to tell these interweaving side stories instead of focusing on the characters that matter in this film like Macer, Alejandro and Graver.

“Sicario” flashes back and forth between the main story of Macer and the story of that Mexican police officer. There is a tonal shift of the film as well during these flashes and the sense that you are given is that you should care for this family, but why are we here watching them in the first place? Shouldn’t more time be spent with our main characters? Shouldn’t a coherent story be told about them so we can care for those people?

The overall pace of the film is disjointed. Long pausing dialogue sequences are intertwined with these exciting action sequences, but the real issue is that you are not aware of what is going on until the end credits, and even then you are not entirely sure what just you watched.

Dennis Villenueve is a fine director who took audiences on a ride with his 2013 film “Prisoners.” This time around, though, he takes his audience on a ride that leaves them bewildered throughout this two-hour journey of nothingness.

Villenueve is an actor’s director. He was able to get some strong performances out of Del Toro, Brolin and Blunt. He puts the camera in front of those strong actors and is able to get some of the finest work from them in any film, but top-notch acting means nothing if you don’t have an interesting story to tell. The emphasis of this film is to try to give as little information on the plot as possible and when that twist happens you almost don’t realize it’s a twist, because too little time has been spent telling a compelling and complete story.

Legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, who has worked on over seventy-six films, really does some incredible work in this film. The angles that he uses are superb. The use of light in this film is amazing and Deakins was actually able to record lights from their natural setting. Deakins also uses long tracking shots that include some awesome terrain and vistas and the use of weather as a backdrop helps sell the world that he is trying to capture on film.

The action scenes in this film are well done, there is a lot of action happening on screen, but not enough story to really make this film worthwhile to any moviegoer. “Sicario” leaves far too much to be desired. There are moments, very few, where there is an actual film happening, but in blink of the eye it’s gone, and you are left wondering what you just watched.

Grade: C-

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