Sicario (2015)

Sicario“You’re asking me how a watch works. For now we’ll just keep an eye on the time. ” – Alejandro

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Dec 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A young FBI agent is put on a special taskforce that is charged with trying to stop the drug trade between Mexico and the US, but in order to do their job, they must also break a few rules

My Take on it – Where is the line between morality and patriotism?

This is the main question that this movie asks when it shows us the lengths that law enforcement men and women must go in order to do their jobs properly when fighting the drug trade into the US from Mexico.

They never try to sugarcoat things here and we see the thankless jobs that these people must do in order to try and keep the their countrymen safe.

We are constantly placed in situations where we must also choose for ourselves what is moral and just and what crosses those lines.

The cast here is excellent and they help us believe the story is extremely real.

WE also are faced with the dilemma of where does patriotism and idealism end when faced with moral questions.

This is not always an easy movie to watch , but it feels true to what probably is really going on.

Bottom Line – Great thriller that tries to show how difficult the job is for law enforcement to stop the drug trade. Excellent performances that show the thankless and gritty job that these kind of men and women must perform in order to try and keep us safe.  Makes us ask ourselves what we would do in order to help protect our countrymen and what can happen to idealism along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The word “Sicario” derives from the Latin word “Sicarius”, meaning “dagger man”. The term was used by Romans to describe Jewish Zealots who killed Roman citizens using a “sica” or small dagger hidden in their cloaks. There were so many murders in the Providence of Judea around the I Century a.C. that the figure of “Sicarius” was codified in Roman Law (Lex Cornelia de Sicariis et Veneficis – Cornelian Law for Stabbers and Poisoners) of 81 AD. These words also derive from the verb “secare”, which means to slice. The word Sicario is used in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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10 thoughts on “Sicario (2015)

  1. Great review, Rob. I totally agree about the moral ambiguity at play here. Very complex. I like how you point out that it’s up to us to decide. This takes a bold filmmaker. Loved Deakins cinematography too. And the performances are amazing eh? I was especially intrigued by Benicio.

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