SICARIO Review – Explosive, Gripping, A High Octane Rush

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

SICARIO, from Lionsgate and Black Label Media, presents an explosive, high tech contemporary thrill ride deep into the billion dollar narco trade, with stunning action, edgy dialogue, challenging circumstances and a high body count, where the enemy is ruthless, hidden and everywhere.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Taylor Sheridan, SICARIO stars Emily Blunt, Benedict Del Toro and Josh Brolin with Victor Garber Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo and Julio Cesar Cedillo.

SICARIO opens with cameras circling over the deep desert near the Mexican-Arizona border, FBI agents in black SWAT gear crawl through the mountains like ants, everywhere, and bring a new name to making an entrance, they drive an armored vehicle full force into the front room.

During the gunfire exchange a scatter blast rips holes in the wall and an odd looking shadow appears. Agent Kate Mercer, played brilliantly by Emily Blunt, and her team are looking for kidnap victims. The agents rip the sheet rock down to find two smothered bodies, suffocated with plastic bags and stuffed, in the wall frame.

At the end of the day, nearly 40 bodies are found, smothered, standing like stiffened mannequins, throughout the house frame. Not the victims the team were looking for, the bodies represented just another day for the Sinaloa Drug Cartel as they take the drug wars to the next level.

FBI Agent Kate Macer and her partner, Reggie Wayne, played by Daniel Kaluuya, smart, former military with an Iraqi TOD, law school, smart and lethal, are selected to volunteer for an off the grid, blurred boundary mission, part of an elite squad headed by Matt Graver, played effortlessly by Josh Brolin, as dedicated as Macer, his methods are his own, with agency approval he delivers results with limited external involvement. To him the end, the objective, justifies and necessitates any means.

Seated at the meeting are FBI Regional Director Dave Jennings, played by Victor Garber, along with others presenting her record, fresh, solid, by the book, with a record that exemplifies dedication to procedure.

Macer is recruited as much for her skill as her reputation. Unsavory methods create investigations, something the agency in the failed drug policy and the next mission do not need. It needs to be as starched, clean and fresh as the shirts of the senate committee.

The house of horrors in Arizona is the guise in the first assignment with the new team. Off to El Paso, Texas she is told. Alejandro, played with precision by Benedict Del Toro, a paid assassin working for, at least this time, the Americans, joins the two on the tarmac.

The hunt begins in Juarez, Mexico where the murder rate has exploded to nearly 500% higher than El Paso, as the Sinaloa Cartel and drug war lords stake out more territory, making it the murder capital of Mexico while five miles north, El Paso, Texas had only five murders in a single year making it one of the safest cities in America. Five miles separate the Mexican Drug Militia from the United States Border.

Macer lives by the book and doesn't understand why she is even along for the ride and at every juncture is trying to build a case when her new, no boundaries, partners are working on a more swift, permanent, and effective form of justice.

The drive through Juarez reveals to, by the book, Agent Macer the reality of life five miles from the border. Bodies are often decapitated hung exposed. Body parts are bagged and tagged, with 98% of the murders never being solved. Morgues are full; police are powerless. The Cartel doesn't stop with simply murder; they murder, mutilate, decapitate, slice and scatter the body parts as messengers to any who would question who is in control.

The Juarez police are so concerned that they will be identified and killed or their families will be murdered they often wear full face masks to hide their identity. Loyalties are questioned or abandoned.

Alejandro, as his life has deeply irrevocably changed since his first encounter with Sinaloa. He is now single, his wife and daughter victims to the fiend. Fueled by revenge, he a former prosecutor works with whomever will pay him, this time fortunately he is working with the good guys to dismantle the Sinaloa hierarchy.

SICARIO does more than expose the failed drug policy it also tackles the current immigration problems. These scenes took the edge off the violence as Alejandro gathered the few Mexicans, from a nights work by the border patrol, that had made the trip through the desert around a map to explain to him the best and easiest way to travel across the desert in order to find a tunnel they were told about during an interesting interrogation.

Macer as dedicated to the book as Alejandro and Graver are dedicated to dismantling the Cartel. The friction becomes the catalyst to an intense power play scene. Barreling ahead she ignores all advice from more seasoned drug warriors, and rightly so, she is skilled, dedicated and well trained FBI. This is not a fair fight, this is war, where classroom and even field work doesn't prepare.

Macer, Alejandro and Graver are all forced to make decisions they hadn't expected.

SICARIO is gripping, powerful, extremely well written, acted and directed. It is bloody, violent and believable. Seamless, a cohesive through line, even as scenes change, loyalties are tested, relationships are destroyed or forged, the modernized warfare scenes truly add heightened suspense and authenticity.

From the beginning SICARIO delivers an explosive, high octane, thrill ride through the highly sophisticated drug trafficking networks, matched equally by the elite members of a dedicated CIA/FBI who are willing to mirror the vicious tactics of the enemy in order to destroy and at least stop, slow or stall the well-tuned drug tracking network.

A powder keg, SICARIO instantly explodes. An edge of your seat thriller, from beginning to end, SICARIO is rock solid!

SICARIO opens September 18, 2015. See it!

Haute Tease

  • PARANORMAN Review - A Spook Fest of Fun From LAIKA Productions and Focus Features

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    PARANORMAN, from Focus Features films and LAIKA Productions, brings to the screen a spooky festival of fun and hi-jinks in this ghoulish animated action adventure.

  • STEP Review – An Uplifting, Triumphant, Docu-Drama

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    STEP, from Fox Searchlight Pictures, presents a documentary drama that showcases the first graduating class of the Baltimore Charter School, the effort the girls make to meet the challenges, and the dance team that unites them.

  • Largest Rare Quahog Pearl Discovered By Bostonian Shucking Clams To Lead Bonhams Lapidary Auction

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A rare and very large purple, non-nacreous Quahog pearl will be offered at the Lapidary Works of Art, Gemstones and Minerals auction to be held at Bonhams’ Los Angeles at 10 am Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

  • World News: Coronavirus, Soothsayers, and the Birth of Gurus

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Coronavirus has spawned many psychological phenomenon’s, respected pundits venturing into territories unknown reading the tea leaves of the times, based on seasons of yesteryear, new leaders, soothsayers and gurus presenting miracles and peace to a frightened population.

  • Deliver Us From Evil Review – A Terrifying Thrill Ride

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "Deliver Us From Evil," from Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Screen Gems Pictures, presents a shocking roller coaster ride of terror with unprecedented suspense that plunges deep into the scourge of Manhattan's satanically possessed and degenerate underbelly.

  • Four Dead, Including Two Special Education Students, in San Bernardino Elementary School Shooting

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Two special education first grade students, their teacher and her estranged husband died in the murder-suicide shooting at North Park Elementary school, in San Bernardino California, stemming from what authorities are calling an escalating domestic violence separation.

  • World News: In The Shadow Of Doha

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The recent Doha World Athletics Championships, held in the Persian Gulf, revealed an impossible climate to organize sports competitions and also the moral weakness of participating countries aware of multiple terror attacks sponsored by the host country on Qatar.

  • Travel Hints: Combating Frustrating Air Travel Aggravations

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With Thanksgiving travel just ahead of us and 24.6Million passengers expected to travel by air which equates to upwards of 65,000K extra passengers per day this year ­ a new study, from AAA, explains what consumers find most frustrating about air travel.

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron Set to Exit Wednesday; Theresa May Wins by Default

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button


    British Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation after the British people voted to leave the European Union, a decision that is contrary to his political position, is set to officially leave his post Wednesday, July 13, 2017.

  • Celebrity Interview: Marc Webb Talks on The Only Living Boy in New York, Casting, Icons, and His Bucket List

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Only Living Boy in New York, an intimate relationship drama starring Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale, Cynthia Nixon and Thomas Callum is about to premiere and the film's director Marc Webb has agreed to an interview.  

  • La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant Scottsdale Review - Time Honored Traditions From the Father of Mexican Cuisine

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    La Hacienda Restaurant by Richard Sandoval, the signature restaurant at The Fairmont Scottsdale Arizona Princess Resort, where modern interpretations of classic Mexican cuisine reigns supreme is just one of the reasons many venture to this revered resort.

  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Pelosi/Senate/Impeachment, Defense, Harry Dunn, NK Xmas, NZ Guns, Election

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald J. Trump, with the strike of the gavel, became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by a House vote as the senate gears up for a trial expected to begin January 2020.

  • Beltway Insider: World Unites Against ISIS/ISIL; United Nations Host World Leaders; Holder Resigns

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama presented his message of peace in the midst of ever growing global violence as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly calling on an end to extremism, the destruction ISIS/ISIL, and the choice of hope.

  • Trump Nominates Neil M. Gorsuch to Fill Justice Antonin Scalia Seat on High Court

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, has been chosen by President Trump to fill the Supreme court seat vacated by the untimely death of the late Justice Antonin Scalia who died while on vacation.

  • Money News: DOW Suffers Major Loss; London, Canada Down; Germany, France, Asian Markets Up

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, unable to shake the Bear chase, suffered massive triple digit losses, losing in one week an entire years gain, closed down as the top three world market indicators took a hit signaling a down turn.