Sicario is a 2015 American crime–thriller drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. Written by Taylor Sheridan, the film is about a principled FBI agent who is enlisted by a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel. Sicario was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Distributed by Lionsgate, the film began a limited release in the United States on September 18, 2015, prior to a nationwide release on October 2, 2015.
The film received three Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Sound Editing and three BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Film Music. It was criticized in Mexico for the perceived negative depiction of the city of Juarez, where part of the plot takes place.
In Chandler, Arizona, FBI Agents Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) and Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) lead a SWAT raid of a suspected Mexican cartel safehouse. Inside, the team discovers dozens of decaying corpses and a booby trap, which explodes and kills two police officers. Following the raid, Kate’s boss, Dave Jennings (Victor Garber), recommends her for a joint DOD–CIA task force, overseen by CIA officer Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), to apprehend the Sonora Cartel lieutenant Manuel Díaz, the man responsible for the bombing.
On a plane to El Paso, Kate meets Matt’s partner, Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro). Joined by U.S. Marshals and DEA agents as well as Delta Force operators, the team travels to Juárez, Mexico to extradite one of Diaz’s top men: Guillermo (Edgar Arreola). As the team returns to El Paso over the Bridge of the Americas, they are ambushed by cartel gunmen. The team swiftly kills the gunmen and returns safely to El Paso, where Matt and Alejandro torture Guillermo, learning of a cartel tunnel used by Díaz to smuggle drugs into the U.S.
The team travels to an Arizona Border Patrol station to question detained illegal immigrants for information. Reggie and Kate confront Matt about their plan. Matt’s objective is to disrupt Díaz’s drug operations to such a degree that Diaz will be summoned back to Mexico by his boss, elusive Sonora Cartel drug lord Fausto Alarcón (Julio Cedillo). The team finds the tunnel and raids a bank used by Díaz’s money launderers. Kate gathers enough probable cause evidence to obtain arrest warrants, but Jennings overrules her.
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