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Sicario (2015)

Sicario poster

As good as they come. An idealistic policewoman (Emily Blunt) is picked to participate in a task force to take on the drug cartels in the border states of the US. Too late she realises it’s a trojan horse manoeuvre for the CIA to act outside their legal jurisdiction. The action and terror and fear are relentless. For much of it she has to remain silent and just try to stay alive as the central protagonist, figuring almost as an absence at the heart of the film as reality dawns about what is really happening – and keeps happening, all around her, all the time. Her palpable innocence plays against a barnstorming Josh Brolin and a mysterious, near-silent Benicio Del Toro whose quest is not revealed until the last possible moment. The tension never flags from the first, blistering, horrifying sequence. The music is practically a heartbeat, reverberating like a drum, deep within. It is constantly surprising. A probable modern masterpiece by writer Taylor Sheridan, director Denis Villeneuve, composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and cinematographer Roger Deakins. Quite literally awesome, audacious and brilliant. Oh my goodness.

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