If you want a movie with a lesson, a purpose, or a reason to be there other than a story being told in front of you, then Sicario is not for you. The story is simple; the message isn't really there unless you look deep, and its characters have simple motives.
It's also the best movie I've seen this year. (So far)
Sicario follows an FBI agent being hired to help with the war on drugs on the border between Mexico and the United States. That's the story. And it’s a slow story, which I could see putting some people off. But Sicario still lets us think for ourselves instead of forcing information on our brains. It's very subtle with its characters, and lets us figure out their possible motives, history, and other things that make them three dimensional. That is, if you're up for thinking, and possibly seeing it again.
Every performance in this movie is very good, with a strong cast all around. Emily Blunt is at her best here, Josh Brolin is very good, and Benicio Del Toro is fantastic. Daniel Kaluuya, a newcomer who I had never heard of before, is also great here; I look forward to seeing more of him..
The action in Sicario is more suspenseful than it is blockbuster. It sort of reminded me of No Country for Old Men in some ways, with very tense action scenes more about characters than spectacle. You really don't know what will happen in these scenes, and they are incredible because of this.
The thing that truly gives Sicario the edge over other movies, though, is that this movie looks fantastic. Sicario has a great director and cinematographer behind it, and they use their skills extremely well. From the beautiful landscape of Mexico to a tiny motel in the middle of nowhere, Sicario looks great. There are very few close ups, with some conversations being shown from 10 feet away, and some subtle imagery you can pick up on.
For me, Sicario is the "Lost in Translation" of action and suspense. It has a very simple premise that would bore us to no end if done by the wrong person, but it's done fantastically here, For me, Sicario is something to be marveled over, and something I definitely want to see again.