Sicario thoughts

Sicario (A Spanish word for hitman) starring Josh Brolin, Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro

Emily Blunt plays a smart and very capable FBI agent who gets asked to join a task force which intends to bring down a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. Though Blunt is a whiz at her job of busting smaller players in the game, she hasn’t a clue of what the game is truly all about. Her idealism, the inspiration that had seemingly fueled her prior to having her eyes opened, is questioned as she goes deeper down the bunny hole. 

The movie is about Blunt awakening to the broader perspective, far beyond her idealistic motivations, that served her so well as a successful FBI team leader. Blunt attempts to hold onto her certainty for procedure and the rule of law that has served her so well in her career up until that point, but quickly discovers that the more valuable the target and the bigger the prize the more the rules do not apply. She is christened by fire, literally in this film.

Josh Brolin is cocksure, unflappable and a very capable CIA operative, who initiates Blunt into a world that she has no idea existed. Brolin spots Blunt’s talent and assigns her to his team, which through whatever means necessary, wants to bust a ruthless drug kingpin. 

Benicio Del Toro is a dark and mysterious member of the team, who employs measures far beyond those of the legal restrictions that Blunt is comfortable with, causing Blunt to want to back out of her bloody journey deep into the bowels of the real drug war. 

Set around Juarez Mexico, the brutality of the Mexican drug business is nearly beyond imagining even for a veteran like Blunt, and certainly most viewers. In the end Blunt faces many demons that she never knew existed, and as a result grows a bit wiser and a lot more unsure about her old view of reality.

The movie illustrates how our collective need for a mind altering distractions, like cocaine and other drugs, cannot be won through a war on drugs or criminalizing what helps to numb the pain of the lost souls who consume them. But only by healing the actual cause of the need, our love of power and things in deference to ourselves and others, in the first place can we hope to evolve to what we and all of humanity are capable of. 

The movie illustrates how little we know or want to know about the darker aspects of life. The more we fear the dark, the less we know of the light.

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