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Sicario

Summary: When FBI Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), her partner Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya) and her boss, Jennings (Victor Garber) accidentally uncover a Mexican drug cartel’s house of death Kate suddenly finds herself thrust into a brand new, very dangerous world.

With Jennings’ blessing Kate finds herself recruited to join a black-op mission led by special Agent Matt graver (Josh Brolin) and a Columbian operative known only as Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). The mission soon sees Kate very much in the middle of the borderland drug war in a word where there seems to be no rules whether you are on the side of good or evil.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th September 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Screenwriter: Taylor Sheridan

Cast: Edgar Arreola (Guillermo), Jon Bernthal (Ted), Emily Blunt (Kate Macer), Josh Brolin (Matt Graver), Julio Cedillo (Fausto Alarcon), Benicio Del Toro (Alejandro), Laurence Scott Deveraux (Alex Driver), Jeffrey Donovan (Steve Forsing), Victor Garber (Dave Jennings), David Garver (Bob Fisks), Maximiliano Hernandez (Silvio), Daniel Kaluuya (Reggie Wayne), Lora Martinez-Cunningham (Jacinta), Jesus Nevarez-Castillo (Eliseo), Hank Rogerson (Phil Coopers), Bernardo P. Saracino (Manuel Diaz), Boots Southerland (U.S. Marshall Keith), Adam Taylor (U.S. Marshall Kevin), Matthew Tompkins (Jessie Garza), Raoul Trujillo (Rafael), Kevin Wiggins (Burnett)

Runtime: 121 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR SICARIO REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

No I’m not chucking in my card to the Comic Book And Cult Film Lovers Association but one of the films I was most looking forward to this year was Sicario. Yes I am not too embarrassed to admit that the fact that a certain director is at the helm of a movie is sometimes enough to make me wanna see a film and that was certainly the case here. See to me Denis Villeneuve’s last film was a cinematic masterpiece. I can watch Prisoners over and over again and find something new that I like about each time, add that to the fact that Villeneuve was directing a borderland crime film starring Josh Brolin and yes Sicario had me at hello. My biggest fear for Sicario was that Hollywood would have claimed Villeneuve and that he would decide to rope in his grittiness and harshness, luckily that certainly isn’t the case here.

Many have labeled Sicario a blockbuster for this year, yet that title just doesn’t seem to fit comfortably with this film. This film is harsh, bloody harsh and it’s not hard to see that the popcorn set are going to struggle with the film’s brutal opening in with Kate finds a house that contains more dead bodies than your local morgue. And in typical Villeneuve fashion he doesn’t make it easy watch for its audience, no as he goes in for the close-up on a decaying man’s face you are well and truly aware of the fact that while he is making a Hollywood film he certainly hasn’t been claimed by Hollywood.

Visually Sicario is a blessing. Villeneuve along with DOP Roger Deakins have made this movie look like some kind of modern day western with it’s yellow tinge and cinematic aerial desert shots, and somehow that works wonders with Brolin and Del Toro cruising around like modern day Sherrifs seeking vengeance. Sadly though Sicario’s screenplay isn’t always as good as the visuals the audience are being treated to. Unlike Prisoners this film has some weak points that leave the audience shaking their head, nothing major but little moments like Kate picking up the Police Officer in the bar… isn’t it just too much coincidence that her partner would just happen to be good friends with the guy?

Still there are powerful moments in Sicario, moments that are so powerful that they will stick in your mind for ages. From the fact that this is a very much anti-Mexican tourism video as Villeneuve takes you past bodies hanging from Mexican border-town overpasses to suspenseful scenes such as the border battle which will have any cinema lover watching with baited breath. Then there is the magnificent finale with Del Toro and a dining table… I’m not going to say anything else but that as I don’t want to spoil the film… but hell it is one of the most suspenseful scenes you are going to see in cinema for a long, long time. Adding to the suspense all throughout this film is the pounding soundtrack that simply becomes a character upon itself.

Now you may have heard some people criticize Emily Blunt’s acting performance in Sicario. Don’t believe it. She puts in a great effort and those complaining about her performance are simply looking for something that doesn’t need to be there. Kate is not Lara Croft in a Police uniform. She’s a very innocent but good at her job cop normally used to dealing with hostage situations who suddenly finds herself thrown into a world she just doesn’t understand. Anyone that goes into this film expecting Blunt to be the gun-ho character she was in Edge Of Tomorrow is going to be disappointed, it’s just not what Kate is.

Then there is Brolin and Del Toro who knock their performances out of the park. Brolin is gruff and rough as you expect him to be and is well backed up by Del Toro who has an air of mystery about him from the moment he first appears on the screen here. Some of the Del Toro’s performances have been a little questionable recently (no I still have not recovered from that scene with him, Diaz and a windshield in The Counselor) but here he bounces back with a brutal performance and for once he doesn’t over act his way through it. He’s just on song.

If you’re a fan of Denis Villeneuve’s past films you are certainly not going to be disappointed by Sicario. It is brutal, rough and in-your-face, just the way a crime thriller should be. Brolin and Del Toro bring their A-Games and this is one film that is a must see for 2015.

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Adam Ross:

You can hear Adam’s full Sicario review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147

 

 

 

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Greg King:

You can read Greg’s full Sicario review on www.filmreviews.net.au

 

 

 

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You can hear Nick’s full Sicario review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)

 

IMDB Rating: Sicario (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Sicario reviews: You can listen to our full Sicario  review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #147. You can also read our Sicario review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Machete Kills

Summary: Recruited by the President of the United States, Machete is given a mission that would be impossible for any mortal man. He must take down an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he is hunted at every turn by an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd October, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: 12th March, 2013

Country: Russia, USA

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Screenwriter: Kyle Ward, Robert Rodriguez (story), Marcel Rodriguez (story)

Cast: Jessica Alba (Sartana), Edgar Arreola (Esteban), Electra Avellan (Nurse Mona), Elise Avellan (Nurse Lisa), Antonio Banderas (La Camalean 4), Demian Bichir (Mendez), Billy Blair (Billy Blair), Pablo Bracho (Bartender Carlos), Jason Christopher (Lieutenant Brass), Samuel Davis (Clebourne), Pablo Esparza (Grasa), Heaven Elizabeth Fearn (Miss Amarillo), Mel Gibson (Voz), Walton Goggins (La Camalean 1), Cuba Gooding Jnr (La Camalean 2), Amber Heard (Miss San Antonio), David C. Heard (Doctor Villachez),  Sophia Hoang (Miss Houston), Vanessa Hudgens (Cereza), Lady Gaga (La Camalean), Elle LaMont (Dollface), Marci Madison (Nurse Fine), Elon Musk (himself), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Chepo), Alexa PenaVega (Killjoy), Eduardo Renteria (Doctor Goodbar), Emmy Robbin (Pris), Michelle Rodriguez (Luz), Felix Sabates (Doc Felix), Tom Savini (Osiris Amanapur), Charlie Sheen (Mr. President), Bobby Tamayo (Stuttering Tito), Danny Trejo (Machete), Sofia Vergara (Desdemona), Mark Zaror (Zaror)

Runtime: 107 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR MACHETE KILLS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

It’s funny how some people expect that every single film they see be of a high artistic quality. Whatever happened to the notion of just watching a film for fun? Or simply watching a film just for its entertainment value? Take Machete Kills for example, it’s not exactly high art but it is the kind of film that is fun to watch and reminds you that there still are directors out there, in this case the great Robert Rodriguez, who are not afraid to simply make a film for entertainment value.

Machete Kills follows on from the events of 2010’s Machete and begins with the hardened hero Machete (Danny Trejo) facing his worst nightmare when he watches as his latest love-of-his-life, Sartana (Jessica Alba) is murdered during what they believe is a routine border raid.

In the wake of her death Machete is called upon by President Rathcock (Charlie Sheen) to hunt down a known criminal, Mendez (Demian Bichir), who has threatened the security of the U.S.A. with a bomb. The case soon steps up to a whole new level however when Machete learns that the orders given to him by the very sexy Miss San Antonio (Amber Heard) don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the a case that soon also involves the evil Voz (Mel Gibson). Then there are of course the ever-growing list of people who want Machete dead, which includes Desdemona (Sofia Vergara) and La Camaleon (Lady Gaga).

Machete Kills is not a film that should be written off too quickly. Even the most uneducated film fan must be able to see that with the Machete franchise Robert Rodriguez is trying to bring fun back into the cinema. This time around there isn’t even the hint of seriousness in the film. What with celebrity train-wreck Charlie Sheen playing the president and Sofia Vergara playing a character with a machine-gun Madonna-inspired bra the fact that this is supposed to be a fun film.

To Rodriguez’s credit though his mission to recapture the old B-Grade action film and bring in a little fun doesn’t seem to do anything to harm the suspense of the film. Machete is a likable character so it isn’t hard for the script to make the audience not want anything to happen to him. The fact that he loses Sartana early on the film seems to make him even more vulnerable.

As the film goes on it becomes obvious that Rodriguez is really trying to see just how far he can stretch the imagination of the audience, which will be important seeing it seems likely that Machete 3 will be set in space, although you can’t help but think under all the ludricious fight scenes and far-stretched scenarios is still a strong message about the way the world treats its refugees.

As was the case with the first Machete film Machete Kills works well because of it’s amazing cast. Once again Danny Trejo leads the way playing the tough Machete brilliantly well, while he is well supported by a plevvy of beauties including Amber Heard, Lady Gaga and Sofia Vergara all of which who seem to be having a ball in their roles.

By far though the two standouts amongst the cast of Machete Kills are Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson. Rightfully no director should touch these two, they should be considered box office poison. But here the two seem to relish their roles. Sheen seems to turn the clock back to Hot Shots with his smooth portrayal of a U.S. President while Mel Gibson seems to really enjoy becoming evil incarnate as he portrays an evil dictator.

If you’re looking for a fun action film that doesn’t demand too much of its audience than Machete Kills is a film that you must check out. Suspense and laughs go hand-in-hand with a film that will certainly guarantee that this franchise becomes a cult favourite in the years to come.

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IMDB Rating:  Machete Kills (2013) on IMDb

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