Back in 2010, director Denis Villeneuve released a movie called Incendies that was about a pair of siblings researching a family history full of rape, torture, and murder. In 2013 he released a pressure cooker of a movie about child kidnapping and pedophilia called Prisoners. So the guy has got something of a style. His newest movie, Sicario, is about the war currently being waged between US law enforcement agencies and Mexican drug cartels, so given the violent nature of that war and the unflinching style with which Villeneuve tackles everything, it’s pretty hardcore.
Emily Blunt stars as a hard ass FBI agent who gets recruited by a shady government task force dedicated to thwarting the business of the Mexican drug cartels, on account of how their extreme violence and disturbing level of influence has begun to creep over the border and into small town USA. Blunt’s character doesn’t know exactly what she’s going to be doing, or what the ultimate endgame of her actions are going to be, but she’s more than a little sure that what she’s involved in isn’t going to be on the up and up, and more and more it gets to looking like she’s not going to feel very good about herself, morally, when all is said and done.