Starring: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Edgar Arreola
Plot: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico (IMDB.com).
Overall: I think this was a solid movie. There were a few things I think could’ve been improved, but overall, it was well executed. I didn’t know much of the background story of this film until researching afterwards (which I think would’ve benefited beforehand, but whatever). Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro’s characters are very likeable. They’re funny, edgy and when it comes down to it, straight up bada**! Emily Blunt’s character I found rather annoying and unlikeable for most of the movie. While I understand the logic of her character, it would’ve been a little better if her character had a little more edge to her. Like the ending for example (I won’t include spoilers!) could’ve been made a little more interesting. I also think her friend in the movie [played by Daniel Kaluuya] could’ve used some more screen time. He was very likeable as a milder antagonist to our protagonists. Aside from character development and likeability, I think the film had some “sleeper,” moments—where nothing really happens, just a bunch of bulls**tting. There was definitely great action, some very graphic images (not that it’s bad, unexpected or that I’ve never seen it before—but just know that “cartel deaths/homicides” are much different than “normal” ones), and some good humor in the mix.