A movie takes birth not when the camera starts rolling or when the final print is viewed in theatre but at that seminal moment when the viewer starts to pick elements of the movie and connect those with emotions or incidents in his life. This is not to say fantasy movies are any lesser than the realistic ones but I find the emotional bridge between the viewer and the film is more visible is in the movies like Sicario.
The movie has received accolades from various quarters including academy award nominations so I don’t need to be eloquent on how good the movie is. I would like to congratulate the crew for its audacity to make a film that contains a story, fictional or not, which clearly exposes the wrong doings and ends up too bitter for administrators to take. The beauty of free speech!
However, I’d like to speak about one particular emotion present in the movie that resonated with me at a personal level – Fear! The character of Emily Blunt embodies fear and tension like how Donald Trump continues to thrive on all the hatred from the world of sensible people.
Astutely, the director attempts to establish a correlation between fear and helplessness, making the characters of Sicario is walking the tightrope of being feared and fearful. After a point of time, the viewer get so involved that he could feel the helplessness vicariously when Emily is made to bite the dust, quite literally.
The movie was also educative in the sense that I learned that the governmental and police control over drug dissemination in America and perhaps elsewhere in the world is depended on dominance of a single drug cartel. Administration becomes a lot easier when monopoly prevails. An interesting public administration and policing lesson!
Brace yourself for sicario, if you’re looking for an emotional distraction and want to rekindle your connection with one of the most primordial of human emotions – Fear!