Led by some really marvelous work from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, Sicario is a taut, tightly wound crime thriller movie with much more on its mind than attention-seeking set pieces. The movie was written by Taylor Sheridan. Sicario was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The movie was distributed by Lionsgate productions. The film began a limited release in the United States on September 18, 2015, prior to a nationwide release on October 2, 2015.
The film stars Emily Blunt as Kate Macer, Benicio del Toro as Alejandro Gillick, Josh Brolin as Matt Graver, Daniel Kaluuya as Reggie Wayne, Maximiliano Hernández as Silvio, Victor Garber as Dave Jennings, Jon Bernthal as Ted, Jeffrey Donovan as Steve Forsing, Raoul Trujillo as Rafael, Julio Cedillo as Fausto Alarcon, Hank Rogerson as Phil Coopers and Bernardo P. Saracino as Manuel Diaz.
The movie plot focuses on an idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) escalating through the ranks of her male dominated profession. As she receives a top assignment and gets recruited by an enigmatic government official; she meets and joins a task force. The task force is assigned for war against drug mafia. This task force is led by an intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). The plot takes many action filled turns as the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border and use a drug cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out the head (Julio Cesar Cedillo) of the drug lobby.
Sicario received highly positive views from the critics and held a significantly high amount of approval rating, being praised for the great on-screen performances and action sequences. It was actually so effective in drawing the audience in that it literally took their breath away. The movie was cited as a perfect domain of techniques and cinematic descriptive hability. The movie was also praised for its stylish and beautiful direction while the story managed to portray a complex story without heroes and villains but only with victims of circumstances. The moral ambiguity made this film as depressing as smart.
On the Box Office
By November 19, 2015, Sicario had grossed $45.5 million in North America and $33.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $79.2 million, against a budget of $30 million. In the opening weekend of its release, the film was projected to earn $8–10 millon and during its first day, it grossed $4.3 million, coming in third following The Martian ($18 million) and Hotel Transylvania 2 ($7.5 million). In its opening weekend, it grossed $12.1 million, going beyond the expectations and finishing behind The Martian ($54.3 million) and Hotel Transylvania 2 ($33.2 million)