Sicario Screenplay Review
Sicario and its sequel, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, are masterfully-crafted thrillers that engage viewers through captivating storytelling. Though performances and cinematography are impressive, what truly engages audiences are the four major Throughlines showcased within each film.
Sheridan found himself struggling as an actor by 2008 and turned instead to writing scripts full time; his first sale being Hell or High Water which gained critical acclaim.
Early Life and Education
Taylor Sheridan first rose to prominence as an actor on FX’s Sons of Anarchy before moving into writing full-time for films such as Sicario (2015) and Hell or High Water (2016), both critically acclaimed films with huge box office returns.
Sheridan also wrote the forthcoming sequel, Sicario: Day of Soldado, with an untraditional writing style that allows him to engage with audiences on an unexpected level.
Sheridan stands out from other screenwriters by not using dialogue as his main form of conveying information. Instead, he prefers writing descriptive prose that sets the scene for his films without overemphasizing details. According to him, this approach has led him to become allergic to overly wordy dialogue dialogue which allows him to keep his stories simple.
Taylor Sheridan has become a household name thanks to his critically-acclaimed scripts in Sicario, Hell or High Water and Wind River. Born and raised in Bosque County Texas, his rapid rise through Hollywood ranks is testament to the quality of his scripts.
Sheridan wrote the Black List script Comancheria before adapting his latest film Sicario into reality with help from producer Basil Iwaynk and an impressive cast led by Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro. Sheridan credits his experience as an actor as being invaluable when writing scripts that focus on character rather than exposition.
“Chadwick excels at capturing the spirit of modern American frontier life through his movies, as evidenced by their box office receipts for Sicario, Hell or High Water, Wind River and his forthcoming Yellowstone television series.”
Achievement and Honors
Sicario was an electrifying crime thriller that kept audiences on edge throughout. It depicts the devastating repercussions of drug warfare along the Mexico border and features outstanding performances by Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro; its stark landscape and complex characters make it standout within its genre.
Denis Villeneuve, known for his intricate storytelling abilities, directed this film. His efforts have garnered him numerous honors and awards such as three Genie Awards and four Academy Award nominations; additionally he has worked as producer on many movies.
Villeneuve’s gritty cartel drama Sicario stars Emily Blunt as an idealistic FBI agent recruited into Alejandro (Del Toro). The film has earned recognition at awards ceremonies with its impressive performances and breathtaking imagery captured by Roger Deakins’s cinematographer lens.
Sicario stands out as an unconventional thriller due to its disturbing images (dead bodies hanging from freeway overpasses), morally dubious characters, and its antithetical take on Hollywood happiness. But despite its difficult subject matter, the film still succeeds because of how expertly it implements four major throughlines from Dramatica stories: characterisation, conflict resolution, resolution resolution and resolution resolution.
Sicario features an effective Threshold Journey plotline: Kate Macer flies to El Paso before crossing into Juarez via plane and crossing border at gunpoint. The entire threshold sequence takes place within the first 25 minutes and shows Kate as someone out-of-place in this foreign environment, further developing her character and building up anticipation for what lies ahead.
Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, is an exhilarating thriller that proves how captivating storytelling can be. While its cast performances, action sequences, music score and cinematography all hold audience interest to some degree, its strong narrative really grips audience attention.
Sicario opens with Kate Macer as an idealistic FBI agent motivated by personal tragedy to track cartel leaders down. However, her world doesn’t offer clear examples of right and wrong behavior.
As soon as she arrives in Mexico, she quickly becomes involved in a violent drug war that challenges her ethics and forces her to make tough decisions that go against her moral convictions. Playing cat and mouse, she finds herself caught between doing what’s right and having to do whatever necessary in this dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.