DIREKTIONZ’s review published on Letterboxd:
There’s a lot of debate about what is Denis Villeneuve’s best film. Is it the 3-hour sci-fi epic Blade Runner 2049, which continues the story of the first Blade Runner so unbelievably well? Is it actually his foreign film Incendies with a plottwist that could turn around your stomach and still make you throw up. Or is one of his other American films, such as the excellent Prisoners, the emotional Arrival or the cryptic Enemy? Whatever it is, we can all agree that his run last decade as a director was more than fascinating and brilliant.
After all these years I’m still unsure of my personal pick Sicario, which isn’t as high regarded as some of his other films. I have to agree that the 2nd act of this never convinced me as much as I wish it does (the bracelet/bar plot-point feels like an uninspiring storyline that could’ve been replaced with something much more exciting).
However, the first and last act of Sicario are just so unbelievably tension-filled with probably some of the best directing in years. Especially the last thirty minutes of this thriller might just be one of the best build-up 3rd acts in decades. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I think the last act might be perfection.
What I probably adore the most out of this is how the soundtrack beats in the same rhythm my heart beats. Heartbeat for heartbeat, it makes this movie even more intense in every single scene. My heart was genuinely racing at the final confrontation and just a few films achieved that.
Building up tension is never easy and too many movies rely on action, without any real build-up or danger for the characters. Sicario takes its time in every moment and for me it succeeds in creating an unsettling, threatening and frustrating experience. Such a depressing and brilliant view on institutional corruption. An all-timer for me