Director Denis Villeneuve burst onto the American film scene in 2013 with the brooding psychological mystery/thriller, Prisoners. His next Hollywood film (Enemy) was a bit more of an avant-garde head-trip, but his new film Sicario has fans excited for that same mix of genre tropes and artistic flare that made Prisoners worthy of note.
Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del and Josh Brolin, the second trailer for Sicario gives us a bit more about the mysterious titular figure. Watch it above.
The first trailer for Sicario was what I would refer to as a "mood setter." It established the dark world of cartels, drugs, corruption and murder that exists in Juárez, Mexico - the infamous city that borders El Paso, Texas. We then followed bright light FBI agent Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) into the Juárez abyss, as she was recruited into a task force under the command of Brolin's character. Of course, once in the deep, dark, end, Kate quickly found that the concept of "good guys and bad guys" is a lot murkier than surface appearances have us believe - including the presence of "Alejandro" (Del Toro), an enigmatic war dog whose allegiances and intentions seem unclear.
This second Sicario trailer focuses heavily on Benecio Del Toro's Alejandro, clearly outing him as the titular "Sicario" (or "hitman"). Even though that's a seeming bit of SPOILERAGE, the trailer actually preserves a lot of the mystery regarding who "Alejandro" is, who he works for, and what (if any) ideals he has. More importantly to the basic plot, we don't know if Alejandro will be putting Kate in his crosshairs at some point.
Visually, this trailer shows off continued evidence that Villeneuve is an accomplished cinematic storyteller, with scenes like Blunt washing blood off in the shower, or houses used as cartel graveyards, instantly sticking in mind. Hopefully, the larger socio-political morality tale that seems woven into the subtext (Alejandro's comments about Mercer's "American mind," for instance), will be handled as deftly and smartly. Writer Taylor Sheridan is known for his acting work on shows like Sons of Anarchy and Veronica Mars - not so much his script work, since this is his debut feature-film screenplay.
The potential is there though, even if the experience is not.
Sicario will be in theaters on September 18, 2015.