Sicario (2015 film)

Sicario
Sicario poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDenis Villeneuve
Produced by
Written byTaylor Sheridan
Starring
Music byJóhann Jóhannsson
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited byJoe Walker
Production
companies
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • May 19, 2015 (2015-05-19) (Cannes)
  • September 18, 2015 (2015-09-18) (United States)
Running time
121 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million[2]
Box office$84.9 million[3]

Sicario ([si.ˈka.ɾjo], Spanish for "hitman") is a 2015 action thriller film[4][5] directed by Denis Villeneuve, written by Taylor Sheridan and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. The film follows 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. It began a limited release in the United States on September 18, 2015, followed by a nationwide release on October 2, 2015.

Sicario received praise for its screenplay, direction, musical score, cinematography, and Blunt and del Toro's performances. The film was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Sound Editing at the 88th Academy Awards. It also earned BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Music.[6][7] Its sequel, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, was released on June 29, 2018.

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  2. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (September 3, 2015). "Denis Villeneuve returns to morality's shifting line with 'Sicario". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 14, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Sicario (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "'Sicario': EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "'Sicario' Review: Emily Blunt Is Superb In Tense, Disturbing Drug War Thriller". Forbes. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  6. ^ Burnett, Victoria (October 11, 2015). "Portrayal of Juárez in 'Sicario' Vexes Residents Trying to Move Past Dark Times". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016. The turnaround for Juárez began in 2012 and has been significant. Kidnappings have plummeted — officially there have been none in 20 months — and the murder rate has fallen from as many as eight a day during the worst times in 2010 to 20 to 30 per month now.
  7. ^ Nájar, Alberto (October 7, 2015). "¿Por qué la película "Sicario" enoja tanto a Ciudad Juárez?" (in Spanish). BBC. BBC Mundo. Archived from the original on November 14, 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2016.