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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Forsing
Rafael (as Raoul Trujillo)
Fausto Alarcon (as Julio Cesar Cedillo)
Phil Coopers
Manuel Diaz
Silvio (as Maximiliano Hernandez)
Silvio's Wife


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 October 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Borderline  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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This is the third time Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro appear in the same movie after Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Inherent Vice (2014). See more »


Matt refers to the Arizona border town of Sasabe but mentions that it's east of Nogales. It's actually west of Nogales. He also mispronounces it, saying it as if it's a Spanish word, "sah-SAH-bay", while locally it is pronounced closer to its O'Odham origin: "SASS-uh-bee". See more »


Fausto Alarcon: Not in front of my boys.
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In Mexico, Sicario Means Hit-man. In my Mind, Sicario Means Awesome.
28 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writer: Taylor Sheridan

Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin

Release Date: September 18, 2015

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, grisly images, and language

Runtime: 2 hours and 1 minute

Studio: Lionsgate

I have never seen any of director Denis Villeneuve's previous films, so I didn't know what to expect from this at first. However, I then saw the trailer and it was so amazing, that it got me excited. The great early reviews and cast, also helped as well. After seeing Sicario, I can definitely say that it is a masterpiece of a crime thriller. Wow, it was amazing.

The plot of Sicario focuses on an FBI agent named Kate Macer. Kate is enlisted by a government official to aid people from the other side of the law, in their mission to track down a drug lord, who has been responsible for multiple grisly murders.

This sounds like a simple plot, on the surface, however the way it is told is very engaging. There were honestly many moments, that I never saw coming, and made the plot more unpredictable. The film could be a slow burn for some, however I found myself consistently engaged throughout, as those scenes do not drag the film, due to adding so much to the story and the characters. It is also one of those films that is very dark, unsettling, makes you feel dirty, watching it, and is really scary.

Speaking of characters, they're all very well developed, and it's made better by incredible acting. Emily Blunt gives an incredible female lead performance as Kate, who is shown to be a woman who hates violence, but is still brave and very persistent into getting the job done. Benicia del Toro and Josh Brolin play CIA agents and both are great in this film. Especially del Toro, who does an amazing job playing Alejandro Gillick, who may not seem very interesting at first, but as the film progresses, he not only gets more character developments, but this movie also takes many directions with this character. Josh Brolin, is not quite as good as Blunt or del Toro, but he is still really likable as Matt Graver, a character who is focused on his job, despite not caring about other people. The cast shares great chemistry, between each other.

The direction is perfect. Denis Villeneuve creates so much suspense to add to the story's unpredictability, and he gives one of the darkest feels to this film, perfectly capturing the lack of hope in the story. As a result, there are so many suspense scenes throughout, and the action is unbelievably thrilling, fro the incredible opening scene to the last shot of the film. The cinematography is also amazing, so amazing that I actually felt that I was in the film, due to it's realistic look.

Sicario is not only my favorite film of the year so far, but it is one of the best films released this decade that I have seen, so far. It is A film that I could not find a single flaw with. It is amazingly crafted, perfectly directed, and unsettling film, with its amazing, story, performances, characters, action, everything from beginning to end. This isn't a film that I'd recommend, if you don't like really dark stories, or strong violence, but it still an amazing masterpiece of a crime thriller.


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