Not for everybody, however it’s artful in its build up of tension, suspense and curiosity.
From the director of PRISONERS comes this taut, critically acclaimed thriller filled with pulse-pounding suspense. After an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is recruited by a government task-force official (Josh 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 (Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro) with a dangerous agenda.
Why is it that so many contemporary Hollywood movies indulge in extreme violence and provide so little in the way of an engaging storyline? Never was so much money spent on so little.
It’s very hard to find films like this these days. 10/10 suspense thriller/mystery very realistic and masterfully shot. Couldn’t ask for more perfect movie to rent and for £3.49! Astonished.
I really wanted to like this film, the cast are all great actors, the plot idea is good and the most of the locations are gritty and perfect for the story
But the whole thing just doesn’t gel, if feels disjointed and the acting feels like they just couldn’t be bothered
It’s like an undercooked cake, everything is there but it’s ruined by not making an effort to finish it and rushing
And the ending feels like they are just clocking off for the day
Top performances by all the stars on top of a great screenplay. One of those films I can rewatch very easily...and have.
I though this film was great, exciting full of on the edge of seat drama!! I really enjoyed it.
I watched it last night and went to see the 2nd one today, just as good if not better!!
Brilliant movie...Gripping!!! It is a must watch.
This film started off very well, but just went downhill fast. I’ve seen reviews that said it had a great suspenseful ending! What a load of crap. There was no suspense and it was such a let down. I’m just glad I watched this for free on TV and didn’t waster my money.
Highly enjoyable film, must have seen it at least 20 times! Great characters convincing and shocking. Well worth seeing.
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Had put this off, not sure why. But sat down to watch and couldn't blink. It was fantastic. I thought all the actors did their parts fantastically, the photography was great and the soundtrack was inspired. Watch it and enjoy it. Some not so happy space invaders have a history of bad advice.
Takes it sweet time and builds the tension nicely, I wanted to hide behind the sofa then remembered I was watching on a laptop 😧
Constantly gripping, was hooked from the start!!
Great film. Gritty, plausible thriller; that sees great acting performances
This feels like half a very good film that never really explores the main character or develops their narrative.
The film is well made, has plenty of tension and well shot, but it just feels like we spend most of our time following a passive lead character who can do nothing but watch the events unfolding.
The real protagonist is a side charatcer to the film. Perhaps it should have been about him, not Emily? Hmm.
Not sure what went wrong here. Was it the writing or the editing. Could have been brilliant, instaead it's 'good'. It's a short story rather than a great novel. But, I'd still recommend for a quiet evening or lazy Sunday afternoon.
Not sure what I missed given so many others have reviewed this very positively but I thought it was so drawn out and at times tiring to watch.
I also agree with many that the sound is terrible -Very poor quality and the actors (especially Brolin) seem to murmur their words.
Overall a disappointment
It is a good movie, but sometimes you feel it looses a bit of the pace. Honestly at time I found Emily Blunts character a bit whiney and weak. I understood where the character was coming from but some of the reactions did not suite the intensity of the movie. Similarly her tag along colleague just seemed misplaced in this. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro play excellent parts and really make this film.
Great film, and well edited, could have done without the overly emotional bit at the end...
Rated highly on independent rating websites, I decided to watch this film about drug cartels in Mexico. A massively overrated film. Entertaining and BDT's performance is above average but overall not much of a plot. Are the good guys really bad guys? Do we even care? Nope. Emily Blunt is a blundering, crying, smoking being whose point in the movie wasn't very clear to me.... Agree with other reviewer - Traffic much better!
A solid 4*'s for a good film.
Probably wouldn't watch a second time
I do like the three leads and they do make fascinating viewing, however overall the movie is missing something like a twist or a point or something...
Very atmospheric, well balanced and rather away from the standard cliches
Only got 3 stars for the cinematography which is outstanding. Emily Blunt is a great actress but not in this role. Story is just...well....dumb and quite offensive. DEA flying around like rock stars on private jets shooting penniless gang members and whatever general public is around, indiscriminately. Reviews are right....this is total Donald Trump territory.
From the opening scene to the finale, this film is replete with action. The director makes very good use of music and some excellent visual sequences to engage the attention and entertain. Thoroughly recommended.
Similar tone to no country for old men with a dash of hurt locker/zero-dark-thirty
Yes it is a slow-burner but a new kind of thriller - should have won oscars
The film was good, some great acting marred by terrible audio - almost impossible to hear at times, needs resolving.
Loved it great story line amazing acting, once you got into the story you know what the end would be.
The cast, the acting and cinematography make this eye- opening and tragically poignant film a must-see!!
Amazing in all respects.
Some people don't rate this,mod you watch many films?
GREAT GREAT FILM!!!!!
Good film, del toro was very good, shame Emily blunt was utter crap!,not sure her expression ever changed in the film. I read somewhere the sound quality was poor, have to agree. Couldn't hear the speech very well, but gunfire was loud.
A film for a mature audience only otherwise you will find this boring as it doesn't include flesh eating aliens, who somehow already talk English and take control of the American government beating Donald Trump to presidency. Only in America right? Plus the guy who played Shane from the Walking Dead is in it! It's not his acting I care for what I find interesting is his ridiculously big ears and nose! Who would have thought it was possible to look like that and have a career in acting! Ben stiller did ok I guess but his movies are terrible. One more thing, oh yeah, I like dolphins...
Well I was very disappointed. The violence is extreme and often pointless and the viewer is as poorly informed as Blunt's character, making her agreement difficult to understand. And the very silly parade of black SUVs, surely a hopeless cliche, attracts attention but then they get attacked because they get stuck in an immigration queue! Can one imagine anything more absurd? Oh and they kill a couple of carloads of people and no one bats an eyelid. No, Mexico may be violent but this is just silly tabloid fantasy. The CIA are depicted as pure criminals who inexplicably need Blunt's support to justify their activities - the whole plot is absurd.
And the plot is very obvious, especially given the title, and develops very slowly- prepare to be bored.
The praise for Blunt seems mainly because this fine actress agreed to take part in this kind of movie - good for her but I suspect she will wish to quietly forget it.
Hollywood (and now Donald Trump) does love to perpetuate the myth that Mexico is a lawless
land of wolves... based entirely, it seems, on two border towns (Juarez
and Tijuana) whose problems are purely a result of the high demand for
illegal drugs in the USA.
It's a bit like basing your entire assumption of the USA on South
Central LA, the Bronx (and my choice here is deliberately ironic - I
know there are far worse but less well-known rough spots in USA). But
of course for every movie showing us the grit of the USA, there are ten
times as many showing the happy, wealthy, tourist-friendly side.
Not so poor Mexico, which is why, whenever I tell friends I've been to
Mexico on holiday, I'm met with the response: "but isn't that awfully
dangerous?". Slow hand-clap to Hollywood for that one.
Sicario is yet another one of those horribly clichéd movies about
Mexico being a bad place, and the USA having to break the law to kick
it into line. There's a subplot about a woman getting out of her depth,
crying a lot, and not being able to handle the tough world men inhabit.
Double bonus for that one! Racial stereotypes AND gender stereotypes in
the same movie? So far, a regular Trump-approved action movie, but Sicario tries to
pretend it's something it's not, by employing a world- class
cinematographer. And, from the reviews here on IMDb, I can see it's
fooled most people.
Don't be fooled. Look past the admittedly wonderful photography, and it's basically just a dumb action movie, full of tired old characters and a predictable plot... no more, no less.
Wow, this was a real treat. Brilliant acting, good story, I’m a little perplexed at the criticism on these reviews. One of the best films I’ve seen in ages. Gritty, authentic, original...
I will keep this short and to the point. I have no idea how this film scored so highly with the critics, IMDB or ITunes. Poor story and mediocre acting. Had masses of potential, one good scene and some nice scenery. Do not waste your time
Excellent movie, full of suspense and action with a great storyline.
Sound is atrocious on this. Had to put the subtitle captions on to follow the dialogue. itunes need to address this...film is a corker!
What a pile of rubbish. Wasted 2 hours of my life watching this movie. Boring boring boring!
Worst film by far I have seen in years. Avoid.
I did not know what to expect from this film but the cinematography and in particular the soundtrack make for a very gripping watch. Yes it ends a little weakly but just watch/listen to the scene in which the troops walk into the tunnel - superb.
Brilliant actors and brilliant plot.
Del Toro just gets better with age....love the way the film dragged you in with the same uninformed screen action as the FBI actors. A very well put together movie, ticks all the boxes for me...Well worth a watch.
Absolutely brilliant - fantastic movie, gripping and intense. All you want from a great thriller.
Dull and slow with some good acting
Some goods things about this film, suspense, action etc. One major flaw, the story is irritating. The main character (the lady cop) is not needed, irrelevant and does not fit with the story. She is also not a very good actress. Shame, could have been good but I would not recommend it to rent (save your money)
Such a brilliantly mastered movie! the pace, the mood, the way it's shot and the music. It builds and builds until your so immersed in the movie you forget about your own life! Then when you feel your only half way through the film with a million questions ... It ends!
left feeling cheated. Imagine watching 'Jaws' but without seeing any sharks not even a giant fin.. That's how you will feel!
This was my 2015 film of the year. Its dark, intense and even manages to throw in some great action scenes as well. Its music score is simply brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone who has a passing interest in film music. The extras on the iTunes release of Sicario actually add real value to the release and provide insight into how the film was put together. You could say that I rather like the film.
This is arguably the best film I've seen in a long time.