DVD Review: Sicario

SicDVDSTUDIO: Lionsgate | DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve | CAST: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, Victor Garber, Jeffrey Donovan
RELEASE DATE: 1/6/16 | PRICE: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.99
BONUSES: featurettes,
SPECS: R | 121 min. | Action crime drama | 2.39:1 widescreen | Dolby Digtal 5.1/Dolby TrueHD 7.1

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio  | Video  | Overall

A blistering look at the state of things regarding illegal immigration, the drug trade and the government’s attempts to halt both, Sicario is one of 2015’s gutsiest films.

Emily Blunt takes down a target in Sicario.

Emily Blunt takes down a target in Sicario.

Helmed with an adrenaline-rushed hand by Canada’s Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) and shot by the great cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall), Sicario offers Emily Blunt (Into the Woods) as special agent specializing in hostage situations who is taken in by a Department of Defense official (John Brolin, Everest) to investigate a cartel involved in a Arizona drug-related massacre. After being introduced to a mysterious aide in the operation (Benecio del Toro, Savages), she is thrown into a world of danger and unspeakable violence South of the border.

Filled with surprises galore and expert performances by all, Sicario delivers the goods in terms of action and thrills, with a violent ambush at the U.S.-Mexican border being a standout sequence. But there’s a lot more to the picture than genre jolts, as Villeneuve delivers memorable characters and addresses difficult issues with a kind of go-for-broke determination that’ll make audiences think as they are bludgeoned by the powerful images.

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About Irv

Irv Slifkin has been reviewing movies since before he got kicked off of his high school radio station for panning The Towering Inferno in 1974. He has written the books VideoHound’s Groovy Movies: Far-Out Films of the Psychedelic Era and Filmadelphia: A Celebration of a City’s Movies, and has contributed film reportage and reviews to such outlets as Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Video Business magazine and National Public Radio.