Nominated for the Palme d’Or at this years Cannes film festival, the highly anticipated Sicario has made its first step into the mainstream with a new poster and its first major trailer.
I must apologise beforehand, but I am struggling to get my head around the plot for this movie. Forgive me if I’m wrong (or comment below, that would be helpful!) but the idea is that Kate, an FBI agent, is pulled in to a special task force to help combat the war on drugs escalating from the lawless divide between the United States and Mexico. She is also paired with a questionable Mexican Sicario (aka hitman) with prior experience in the drug world.
I think a lot of people are excited by the cast more than anything. When you hear a film nominated at Cannes, it’s usually a low-budget ‘arty’ film made by people nobody has ever heard of, and while I respect them films they are not necessarily the most entertaining and watchable pieces. Not only was Sicario well received by critics at Cannes when it was shown, it has the look and feel – and more importantly cast – of a mainstream movie. I am a big fan of Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro as actors in previous films, so to see them playing big roles in a respected film is good to see, and them two alone almost make me want to see this.
Sicario is directed by French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve, a director who boasts a lot of award nominations and wins at other film festivals across the globe – his short film Next Floor seems to have done particularly well. His film Incendies (2010) was also nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA (although confusingly in different years) for best foreign language film, so this is a man who commands respect. This isn’t a man scared by the bright lights of Hollywood, though, having also directed the film Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
The film has, as you can see by the trailer, one solitary writer. His name is Taylor Sheridan, a seemingly bit-part actor from TV series’ such as Sons of Anarchy and Veronica Mars, who in his first attempt has written a well-respected piece of work! Maybe he’s finally found his calling or something? His not slowing down either, having also solely written the screenplay for the currently being filmed crime-drama Comancheria, starring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges! If that’s a success then we could be looking at the start of a special film writing career.
But back to Sicario. Set for release on 18th September in the US and the 25th in the UK, there will be a lot of film lovers that are looking forward to seeing this film, but I don’t think the story will necessarily lure big crowds to the cinemas. There’s no doubting that this is a good film, that much has been proven many months ahead of its release, but I wouldn’t expect a film like this to be that big in the box office.
HOWEVER, given it’s success at Cannes it isn’t ridiculous to believe that this will feature in some fashion during the awards season, and if it does you would expect some cinemas to reopen it early 2016 and for DVD sales to take a spike. What I’m saying is that Sicario should still be able to make its money back!