Posted November 16, 2015 by Ica Hontiveros-Cheng in Comics

SICARIO Takes the War on Drugs to a Whole New Level


When you think about movies that revolve around drug cartels and the FBI, you would probably think that its the typical suspense-action movie which is about catching the bad guys, the good guys win and everything is pretty much black and white. The 2015 Best Indie Film SICARIO does not follow this traditional formula and instead takes the war on drugs to a whole different level.

Golden Globe Winner Emily Blunt is Kate Mercer, an optimistic FBI agent who, after loosing some men during a raid idealistically wants to make a real change in the fight against drug cartels; she takes on a mysterious inter-agent assignment where she is whisked off to Mexico on a private jet with an unknown consultant Alejandro, played by Academy Award Winner Benicio del Toro.


Audiences follow Blunt’s character who does not seem to know what is really going on but that’s completely alright since your mind is thinking and not everything is served to you on a silver platter and I like that in movies. I would note SICARIO (which is hitman in Mexico) for its ambitious take on the dark side of the war on drugs. The film takes you on a suspense-filled prison-boarder transfer which will have your heart beating madly inside your chest. Same heart will break at the powerful images that movie depicts of corpses hung in the streets, of a rain of bullets being an everyday normal occurrence every day.

SICARIO is the type of movie which will have you talking about what happened, why it happened and will probably draw lines when it comes to opinions. It is the type of morally ambiguous movies which makes for great discussions and arguments.

Hailed as the Best Indie Film of 2015, SICARIO has the required action, the shock factor that pushes the envelope and room to let you think, which makes it a thought-provoking film which, unfortunately does not come very often.


Ica Hontiveros-Cheng

Geek mom to a little Jedi. Freelance writer. Writes and vlogs thoughts, and reviews on movies, series and pop culture.