Number of Times Seen – 2 (20 Dec 2015 and 3 Sep 2017)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – An ambitious young FBI agent is put on a special taskforce who’s job is to stop the drug trade between the US and Mexico.
My Take on it – Chet and Rodney of Down the Hall Podcast chose this film as their next movie night.
I was quite taken by it the first time I saw it and after a bit more than a year a half, I was quite keen to rewatch it.
They do a great job of keeping the story thrilling the whole time as the characters move deeper and deeper into the complex world of the drug cartel and those in both governments trying to quell the amount of trafficking between the US and Mexico.
They don’t sugarcoat anything here and this film shows the way the system actually works warts and all.
We are given a very realistic seeming view of the way things work in the real world where no one is completely clear cut as being pure, moral, right, wrong or even just.
Sometimes, things must be done in non conventional ways in order to get them done properly.
The cast is superbly chosen and Benicio Del Toro’s character is the most intriguing but Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin are also excellent.
This story’s plotline gives the viewer so much to mull over long after the credits role because they situations dealt with here are extremely complex and also somewhat messed up at the same time.
The question will always remain as to whether things are being done in the right way or perhaps always in the wrong way.
Bottom Line – Great thriller because it really doesn’t sugarcoat anything. We get a seemingly realistic view of how things work in the real world where there is a very thin line between right, wrong, moral and just. The cast is superb with Blunt, Del Toro and Brolin all giving standout performances. Gives the viewer so much to think about because the situations dealt with here are so complex and messed up that sometimes things need to be done a certain way in order to be most effective.. or perhaps that is the wrong way… Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When the team has entered the tunnel, Emily Blunt hits her head on the top of the tunnel. Director Denis Villeneuve said in an interview that he left that take in since it added realness to the mission and the film itself. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (no change from original review)
Check out my *updated* movie stats here
To see my reviews of Oscar Winning Performances check out this link
To see my reviews of all Oscar Best Picture Winners click here (now complete)
Here is a link to my movie index A-Z