Tagged: Josh Brolin

Summary: 
Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  2nd December 2021 (Australia), 21st October 2021 (Thailand), 21st October 2021 (UK), 22nd October 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA, Canada

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Screenwriter: Jon Spaihts, Dennis Villeneuve, Eric Roth

Cast: Javier Bardem (Stilgar), Dave Bautista (Beast Rabban Harkonnen), Neil Bell (Sardaukar Bashar), Josh Brolin (Gurney Halleck), Timothee Chamalet (Paul Atreides), Chang Chen (Dr. Wellington Yueh), David Dastmalchian (Piter de Vries), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Dr. Liet Kynes), Elmi Rashir Elmi (Shamir), Rebecca Ferguson (Lady Jessica Atreides), Stephn McKinley Henderson (Thufir Hawat), Oscar Isaac (Duke Leto Atreides), Jason Momoa (Duncan Idaho), Tachia Newall (Tanat), Babs Olusanmokun (Jamis), Charlotte Rampling (Reverend Mother Mohiam), Golda Rosheuvel (Shadout Mapes), Stellan Skarsgard (Baron Vladimir Harkonnen), Roger Yuan (Lietenant Lanville), Zendaya (Chani)

Running Time: 155 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR DUNE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Dune Review:

Dune has always felt really personal to me. I read the novel, by Frank Herbert, in my first year at High School and completely fell in love with it. I then made the mistake of watching the David Lynch film adaption, an adaption I loathed and Sting’s costume still haunts me to this day.

During my time at uni a friend suggested that I watch the mini-series and told me “that it was remarkably better than the film.” To her credit it was better but it never even went close to reaching the lofty expectations that I had in my head for what the world of Dune should look like since reading the novel.

So as you could imagine I was pretty nervous going in to watch the Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) version. Actually perhaps nervous isn’t the right way to describe how I was feeling. To be honest I was trying not to feel excited because in the pit of my stomach I had a feeling that I was once again going to have hopes dashed. But, I am happy to say I was wrong, I was very wrong because Villeneuve has delivered a masterpiece.

For those who do not know the Dune story. It is told through the eyes of a young Duke-to-be, Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet – Lady Bird). He has watched his father, Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina), build their family empire to make them one of the most respected families in the galaxy. With the likes of Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin – Avengers: Endgame) and Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa – Aquaman) training their Army they feel safe and secure.

Meanwhile both Gurney and Duncan train Paul in combat, in case there is ever a need for it, while his mother, Lady Jessica Atreides (Rebecca Ferguson – The Greatest Showman) trains him to saddle the special abilities that have been handed down to him through his family line. And while Paul attempts that those abilities are providing him of dreams and visions of Chani (Zendaya The Greatest Showman), a young native Fremen from the planet Arrakis.

Paul has no idea what the visions mean but is soon worried by them when he learns that the Atreides family have just been ordered to travel to Arrakis to bring peace to the planet and to stabilise and operate the ‘spice’ mining operation on the planet.

Villeneuve’s vision of Dune is nothing short of amazing. It is like he somehow went into my head and took my visions of what the Dune universe would look like and brought it to the screen. The first thing that hits you when watching Dune is the understanding of the themes and morals of the original novel that Villeneuve had the second is the fact that his film-making makes even the harshest scenes of the film look like a thing of beauty.

It was funny because when the credits were rolling after the screening the other night a stranger sitting next to me started to use a loud voice to say why he hated the film. I realised that every reason he said he hated the film was a reason why I loved it. He said he hated that it wasn’t like Star Wars – while I loved the fact that Villeneuve gave respect to the novel and didn’t decide to include cheesy ‘creatures’ or ridiculous one off lines.

The stranger said he didn’t like the fact that the film felt dark. Well of course it was dark, the themes explored in the film are not exactly something that you can make light. I was actually in awe of the way that the director kept a dark tone throughout the film without depressing his audience in a way that made the film a chore to watch. Talking of that the stranger also didn’t like that fact that he had to think during the film. Yes, he is right Villeneuve doesn’t spell out everything to the audience like they are dunces he makes you work at times to figure out what is happening and the result of that is you become so engrossed in the film itself that you feel like you are part of the universe alongside the characters at hand.

The power of this film really comes through the way that it looks on the big screen though. There is a dark, foreboding feeling that remains while the film throughout. Having said that though the film does reach epic heights that match the special moments of a film like Lord Of The Rings but there is an alternative feel to this film that allows for more character development then you would expect from a film of this magnitude, while Villeneuve never fails to remember one thing – at the heart of this film it is a coming-of-age story and even during epic battles etc the storyline of the film still remains a learning curve for Paul. I don’t say this very often about films that are supposed to be a spectacle or blockbuster. But this is truly a masterpiece and it shows that is okay to make a blockbuster film have an alternative edge to it. This is a film of true beauty and I cannot wait to revisit it again.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

Average Subculture Rating:

Other Subculture Dune Reviews:

Nil

Trailer:

Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”) directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name. A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

The film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise) Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s “Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” HBO’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Netflix’s “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”).

Villeneuve directed “Dune” from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve and Eric Roth based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. Villeneuve also produced the film with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Joe Caracciolo, Jr. The executive producers are Tanya Lapointe, Joshua Grode, Herbert W. Gains, Jon Spaihts, Thomas Tull, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt and Kim Herbert. Behind the scenes, Villeneuve reteamed with two-time Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette (“Arrival,” “Sicario,” “The Young Victoria”), two-time Oscar-nominated editor Joe Walker (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Arrival,” “12 Years a Slave”), two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Paul Lambert (“First Man,” “Blade Runner 2049”), and Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer (“Blade Runner 2049”). He also collaborated for the first time with Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Lion,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”); three-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Revenant,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Quills”) and co-costume designer Bob Morgan; and stunt coordinator Tom Struthers (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception”). Oscar-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated composer Hans Zimmer (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Inception,” “Gladiator,” “The Lion King”) is creating the score.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, a Film by Denis Villeneuve, “Dune.” The film is slated to be released in Australian theaters beginning 2 December 2021

Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve directs Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune,” the big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller of the same name.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

DUNE stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling with Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.

DUNE releases in Australia and New Zealand in cinemas on December 26, 2020.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  2. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  3. The Walking Dead (2010) – Anderew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs
  4. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  5. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  6. Back To The Future (1985) – Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
  7. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux
  8. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes
  9. Bridge Of Spies (2015) – Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
  10. Goosebumps (2015) – Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee
  11. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  12. Fargo (2014) – Billy Bob Thonrton, Martin Freeman, AllisonTolman, Colin Hanks
  13. Knock Knock (2015) – Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, Aaron Burns
  14. Back To The Future II (1989) – Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson
  15. The Last Witch Hunter (2015) – Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Olafur Darri Olafsson
  16. Beasts Of No Nation (2015) – Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor, Andrew Adote
  17. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  18. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  19. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  20. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  21. Steve Jobs (2015) – Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels
  22. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  23. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dokata Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  24. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  25. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  3. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  4. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  5. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  6. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  7. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  8. Knock Knock (2015) – Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Amas, Aaron Burns
  9. Fargo (2014) – Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
  10. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  11. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  12. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  13. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  14. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  15. Stars Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  16. Goosebumps (2015) – Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee
  17. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  18. Dope (2015) – Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise
  19. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  20. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  21. Bridge Of Spies (2015) – Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
  22. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  23. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  24. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  25. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. American Horro Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  3. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  4. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  6. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  7. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  8. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  9. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  10. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  11. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  12. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  13. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  14. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  15. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  16. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  17. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  18. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jamimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  21. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  22. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane
  23. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  24. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  25. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  3. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  4. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  5. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett SMith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, THomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezana
  8. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  9. Jessica Jones (2015) – Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
  10. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  11. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie ALexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  12. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun
  14. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  15. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  16. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) – Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James
  17. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  18. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  19. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  20. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  21. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  22. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  23. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Godron-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  24. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, ALfred Enoch, Jack Falahee
  25. The Revenant (2015) – Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Scream Queens

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  2. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  3. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  5. The Green Inferno (2013) – Lorenze Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
  6. Blindspot (2015) – Kelly P. Williams, Sullivan Stapleton, Jamie Alexander, Rob Brown
  7. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  8. Tomorrowland (2015) – George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
  9. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  10. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  11. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  12. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  13. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Gatlin Green, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay
  14. Limitless (2015) – Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  15. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  16. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  17. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  18. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  21. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  22. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  23. How To Get Away With Murder (2014) – Billy Brown, Viola Davis, Alfred Eroch, Jack Flahee
  24. Empire (2015) – Terrence Howard, Taraj P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray
  25. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare

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.

Stars(4)

 
 

 

 

Adam Ross:

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

 

 

 

Stars(4)

 

 

 

 

Greg King:

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

 

 

 

Stars(4)

 

 

 

Nick Gardener:

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stars(4)

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Trailer: