The Movie Snob enjoys a bit of the old ultraviolence.
Sicario (B+). Think back, dear reader, to the winter of 2010. Remember how Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt teamed up for that lame remake of The Wolfman, and we all thought, “<Sigh> I wish Benicio and Emily would team up for a good movie sometime. Maybe something about drug cartels.” Well, our long wait is over. Blunt plays Kate Macer, an FBI agent working the drug war in Arizona. After one particularly horrific mission, Kate is recruited for some mysterious cloak-and-dagger ops being run by a shady agent named Matt (Josh Brolin, Men in Black 3) and an even shadier Colombian(?) named Alejandro (Del Toro). Eager to go after some kingpins instead of the low-level guys she’s used to dealing with, Kate signs up. But is she in over her head? And will she make it out alive? This is a well-made drama, but it’s not for the squeamish or faint of heart. I must say that Del Toro is particularly good. It’s been a long time since his Oscar-winning turn as a Mexican cop in Traffic, and it seems like war-on-drugs movies bring out the best in him.