No great hero would reach acclaim without the challenges set by a menacing, fear-inducing villain.
Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from February 1st, 2016 courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment, is a visceral, unflinching portrayal of the war against drugs. Critically lauded and impossible to tear your eyes away from, the film goes deep into the politics and the tensions that define a global problem but it’s also by no means the first film to examine the cause and effect of getting high.
Denis Villeneuve’s border hopping character thriller was the kind of critically acclaimed sleeper hit that few saw coming in 2015. The tale of conflicted FBI agent Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt), thrust into a volatile off book mission to take down a drug lord in Mexico won its fair share of plaudits for its beautiful cinematography, brooding protagonists and near claustrophobic levels of tension.
Sicario, we are told in the film’s opening moments, and indeed at the start of every review of Denis Villeneuve’s latest feature, means hitman, but who exactly is calling the shots?