Prisoners (2013) and I thought Sicario would be an amalgamation of that and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Instead, it felt more like a quick overview of The Bridge’s two seasons. I guess there won’t be a third. The Bridge went nuts because the writers couldn’t keep the story focused and there were so many subplots and characters that didn’t really figure into the main conflict that it just sort of lost me. Sicario goes in the opposite direction: once things make sense, the plot doesn’t go anywhere you wouldn’t expect. Basically, Taylor Sheridan wrote a western masquerading as an action thriller with hot topic political overtones. The primary failing of the movie is that after thirty minutes where we’re trying to get our bearings, the script doesn’t tantalize us with any reversals or surprises. There’s one character that I kept thinking wasn’t as good as he seemed, but I was reading more into what was said about him than was intended.
|Benicio Del Toro|
It’s Benicio Del Toro’s movie, both in terms of his character and his performance. He’s like an updated Eli Wallach from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966). He plays in a more understated manner than Wallach, but I could tell he cared about this character because he actually enunciates his
lines. Josh Brolin plays the lead cowboy and I’d love to see him ride a horse; it’s a shame such a scene couldn’t have been worked in because it would have brought some much needed humor to a tense, but not suspenseful, movie.