The term sicario goes back to Roman Palestine, where a Jewish sect, the Sicarii, used concealed daggers (sicae) in their murders of Romans and their supporters. In modern language, a sicario is a professional killer or a hit man.
i think this is a chilling, riveting, unusual film. when have you met someone like this talking this way about such terrible things from real life? if you are interested in "true crime" stories, Mexico, psychology, the drug wars, cartels, what have you, you will find this fascinating
I have read the other reviews of this film. I also read the book by Charles Bowden, who has more cojones than most any man alive. He knew the lay of the land firsthand. Most who see this movie will focus on the bad lighting, the shadows, the low production quality. What they miss is that this is reality. It was filmed in El Paso and Juarez. Borders are a fiction and the cartels know this. The "real world" is not MSNBC or Fox or CNN; it's what this man describes with his Sharpie and notebook in room 164. There are people right now, this minute, who live in the USA who are doing work on behalf of the cartels and who may not even realize it. My suggestion is to watch the film and then look at the world around you. It is our future. Read the other works by Charles Bowden. If you can still sleep at night, good for you.
Wow! I ordered this mistaking it for the new Hollywood movie "Sicario". One of the best documentary films I have ever seen! Chilling account by a real Sicario's life long career of service to the drug Cartel. He has a surprise twist to his life story that changes everything. Story is crafted by a masterful filmmaker. This documentary is worthy of a major film award. For those interested in the internal workings of the Mexican Drug Cartels, a must see film!
At first I thought I had made a mistake on watching this, and normally I would have stopped watching, but I am so glad I continued as this movie from Amazon is one of the best, in my opinion, that I have ever seen and has changed my life, I will never be the same person again as a result of the impact of this movie. It is powerful, I wept... I have become a better person. No movie I have ever seen in my entire life has changed me for the better as this one has. I treasure having watched the whole movie, for though I don't want to leave any spoilers, there is a huge surprise in this movie, so if you choose to watch it, just hang in there, watch the whole movie in order to be emotionally moved. Yes, this is the best movie I have ever watched, and truly has changed forever how I view life.
Great,I loved it. I have skated by, and have seen a glimpse,a peek. This is a frightening world. If it weren't so well documented many people would not believe it even exists. The strangest part is that if people in North America stopped buying narcotics, most,if not all, violence,crime, and harm to families would stop. God Bless. Check it out. It is both sad and beautiful.
A movie like this will never be a big hit with large audiences, due to its graphic nature (despite every seen taking place in a motel room interview with "El Sicario"), but that means nothing. When words alone from a man who has nothing but a pen and drawing paper have you either on the edge of your seat or cringing in a corner, you know what you just watched was a good movie. The fact that this film team secured an interview with one of a Mexico cartel's best, most-wanted hit-man is an incredible achievement in itself. Not watching this movie will make you weak, and watching it will leave you disturbed, hopeful, and give you insight into Mexico's decaying state of life. A movie like this doesn't come around often, for obvious safety reasons. Must watch.