Where to begin with Sicario?
How I wasn’t prepared for such a rough ride…to be thrown back to the Middle Ages, where warlords hung & quartered their enemies, leaving the bodies to rot in public as a warning against any possible dissenters?
How I was blown away by Tom Ozanich’s tremendous sound design -wave after wave of silence and terror that propels you through the film the way a helicopter envelopes you in it’s rolling attacks of rising suspense?
How Roger Deakins’ camera work sucked me into a world that I shudder to think of as existing? How his beautifully fluid long tracking shot through what would otherwise be a house of horrors at the opening of the film is just a sweet, sweet taste of the visual candy, like the aerial shots of the no man’s land along the border between the US & Juarez, that is crammed into this technical delight of film making, kept me simultaneously entranced and repelled by Northern Mexico’s drug infested existence?
Or maybe I should focus on a really interesting story, one that looks at the effects of an industry that is the result of American demand for illegal substances? Josh Brolin, in the Q & A after this evening’s screening of the film in Manhattan, mentioned his interest in the topic. He’s read Don Winslow’s book, The Cartel, and he spoke about the documentary film, Cartel Land ( see the trailer
http://cartellandmovie.com/#trailer/code> ) and the powerful fight that continues on a daily basis.
Maybe I should look at how this film's portrayal of the drug cartels in Juarez make Roberto Saviano's Napolitan 'Ndrangheta mafia bosses look like they are still in high school.
Or maybe I should just stop here for now. I can pick up tomorrow, and talk more about BenicioDelToro 's great comment on acting, Emily Blunt's research with female FBI agents, and the still unresolved sound issues with wireless microphones that the AMC continues to have this Oscar screening season.
And Oh yeah, I really need to mention tomorrow how I think this film will get an Oscar nom, and how Brolin, Blunt, del Toro, Villeneuve, Ozanich & Deakins are going to be pretty busy come nominating season.