Director: Denis Villeneuve // Year of release: 2015 // 2h 1min
Cast: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro… // Watch the trailer
Seen in January 2016
Log Line (from IMDb)
An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
Let me start by saying this: movies about drug cartels? Not my thing. Everything that has too much of a military vibe, with possibly the politics of the military/police hierarchy involved, I usually avoid. Because I don’t connect with that genre. So given what this movie is about, and even though I really like Emily Blunt, I ended up not going to see it in the cinema. And boy do I regret it now!
I forgot that I wasn’t into the story because this thing is just so amazingly shot, directed, lit, acted, etc. I was in awe of everything.
The first 5 minutes of the movie just grab you by the balls and don’t let go. That was the most intense opening to a movie I had seen in a very long time.
I don’t even want to tell you what the movie is bout because it’s almost irrelevant. But if you are a movie buff and enjoy very well directed movies, then this one is definitely for you. The cinematography will just take your breath away (at least it did mine, I don’t remember the last time I saw a movie so beautiful to watch), the music will mesmerise you, the directing (is that a word?) will make you wonder what the hell those other directors out there actually do for a living, and the performances (especially Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro) will blow you away.
In all sincereness, I don’t even know if I’ll see this movie ever again, because it was just so intense, and rough, it made me feel things that I don’t exactly want to feel often, but since I’ve seen it, I can’t stop thinking about it. It was an incredible piece of filmmaking, and I cannot recommend it to you enough.
Movie poster found on IMP Awards.