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An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Steve Forsing
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When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team. Written by Gusde

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The border is just another line to cross.


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Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, and language | See all certifications »

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2 October 2015 (USA)  »

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Borderline  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$401,288 (USA) (18 September 2015)

Gross:

$46,875,468 (USA) (8 January 2016)
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Trivia

Denis Villeneuve wanted Emily Blunt for the role after he saw her in The Young Victoria (2009). See more »

Goofs

In the sequence following the arrests at the bank, it is stated that something illegal may have occurred that the IRS would be needed to figure out. Making daily deposits of 9000 dollars to avoid the cash transaction reporting limit of 10,000 dollars is a crime known as "structuring". Any law enforcement officer familiar with the narcotics trade would know this. See more »

Quotes

Alejandro: [to Kate] Don't ever point a gun at me again.
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Soundtracks

Rich Woman
Written by Dorothy La Bostrie and Millet McKinley
Performed by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
Courtesy of Rounder Records
Used by Permission of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Well organized story with great characters, performed by great actors
18 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is like the stuff you see on hour long serialized Television like Netflix's Narcos, but instead this police like drama is done in a two hour movie instead of thirteenth episodes.

Emily Blunt was amazing in her character, a good FBI agent who feels she's not doing enough on the streets and allows herself to get used by someone with more power, played by Josh Brolin brilliantly as a man who seems uncharismatic about his job in order to hide the covert nature of his mission to find the big man responsible for all the street crime.

Brolin played a necessary evil, that comes off brilliantly in the narrative that plays out. Loved how they go from the bottom and get to the very top. It's very surgical.

But the actor who stole the show in Sicario is Benicio del Toro whose character Alejandro, is a cloud of mystery that unravels slowly through the film, done both subtle and dramatic by Del Toro. Every time he was on the screen even when he did nothing he was doing something and you he demanded your attention.

Plus the music and sound combo of the movie added to the tension. it was powerful.

Incredible action-thriller.


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