Sicario is a 2015 crime thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. It is such a weak, overrated movie.
The plot is one of the reasons why it fails in my opinion. Everything about it is either familiar or completely underdeveloped. All of the conflicts and the action was typical and pretty boring. The movie is also very slow to the point of being boring. And it never help my attention particularly well.
But the characterization is so problematic. Each and every character here is underdeveloped and unlikable with the main character being so badly realized. You never really feel like you met here as she is so undefined. And her goals and actions are also troublesome. The movie is at times even sexist as it handles her character rather poorly. She is never a strong, capable woman she was supposed to be. I never got that here and that is disappointing because she is the center of the entire flick.
The acting is certainly good. Josh Brolin did a good job and Benicio del Toro is also good. Emily Blunt is really good and even though her role is weak, she is good in it as she always is. Sicario is a technically solid work and the cinematography in particular is its biggest strength with many memorable and unique shots. The film is very well shot and mostly well edited and acted.
But the directing is not that good and Denis Villeneuve continues to be a weak director. I don’t get the appeal of his movies whatsoever. But Sicario still benefits from some solid score, great cinematography and some memorable imagery. And the script has its strengths and interesting points to it, but it is unfortunate that they never did anything with it. It had a lot of evident potential to be a good film, but ended up being not only boring, but also forgettable and familiar. There isn’t anything unique about it and it is undoubtedly one of the most overrated movies of the year.