Why is the film called Sicario

The French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve tells his new thriller "Sicario" from the perspective of the young, idealistic FBI agent Kate (Emily Blunt). It came in to contain the horrific violence that spills into Texas and Arizona in the border area between Mexico and the USA.

With their horrified eyes we see the decomposed corpses found during a raid on the walls of an American single-family house, the mutilated bodies dangling from the bridgeheads on the way to Juarez, the flashes of gunfire and explosions in the Mexican city. Kate's shock, her laborious control, her impotent helplessness shape the entire film. She never degenerates into a cinema cliché, neither a hysterical "Scream Queen" nor a hyperactive action-amazon. She is simply determined not to lose her moral compass in the fight against the brutal violence that law enforcement officers have long made use of.

Your enemies are not only the henchmen of the drug cartels, but also the men on your own team. Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) from the drug squad, for example, whose jovial nonchalance has a greasy undertone. Or his opaque Colombian killer Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), who gives the film its title - "Sicario" means contract killer. After "Traffic" and "Escobar - Paradise Lost", Del Torro once again fights his way through the depths of the drug war, but the boldness that characterized his roles has given way to a taciturn, shady authority, he is both a guardian angel and an opponent .

The film's producers have strongly advocated replacing the woman in the center of "Sicario" with a man, a male star in the place of Emily Blunt. But director Villeneuve, who had already told stories from a female perspective in earlier films such as "The 32nd August on Earth" or "The Woman Who Sings", didn't want to know anything about it.