Sicario, the upcoming crime drama from director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and starring Emily Blunt, tackles the war against drugs. The trailer (below) looks suspenseful, harrowing, and very dark.
The action hero look is a good one for Blunt, who did an outstanding job in last year’s Edge of Tomorrow. She follows up with an even darker role in Sicario where she plays an FBI agent who finds herself stuck in a drug war and major conspiracy. Blunt has talked about her character, saying, “I get asked to do a lot of these roles, but I don’t see them as ‘tough’. You can’t compartmentalize strong women like that, they are far more complex. This character is damaged and troubled, struggling with the morally questionable things she experiences.”
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and reviews have been mostly positive. HitFix‘s Gregory Ellwood writes, “If you can appreciate the artful build-up long enough, you will be rewarded with a pop and crackle that sticks with you long after the credits have rolled.”
The Guardian also has a piece about how writer Taylor Sheridan was under pressure to change the lead role to a man before the script got picked up.
Sicario stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Maximiliano Hernández, and Jeffrey Donovan.
In Mexico, “Sicario” means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.
Sicario will be released in theaters on September 18, 2015.