Sicario ★★★★

Wow what a rewatch can do. At first I wasn’t on board with this patiently detached procedural but now I’ve come to appreciate its oppressively cynical atmosphere, slick compositions and unrelenting intensity. Of course that’s all in service of building this overwhelming sense of dread that dominates the entire film. There is no justice is in this world, only a world power with no moral compass, exerting their authority and operating off the leash. Villenueve’s camera acts as a cold observer, rarely showing signs of life but mostly just following the destruction. Of course he’s able to construct sequences of sustained suspense like no other but it’s all anchored by some beautiful photography, a haunting score a few great performances, especially from Del Toro. Nearly every second he is on screen is terrifying.

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