Like a scene in the film, Sicario grabs you by the throat very early on, leaving you gasping for breath. It’s a mesmerising experience – tense yet perversely calm. Anything could happen – and sometimes it does, sometimes not (I challenge you to watch the young Mexican boy roll an orange across the kitchen table, backwards and forwards, and NOT expect something to happen!)
FBI agent Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada) is extraordinary – at once confident and vulnerable, dealing with the alpha male CIA-goon squad chasing the Mexican drugs cartel. Yet the film belongs to the strangely menacing Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Che) – and cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, No Country For Old Men).