Counting Down the Top 8 Hitmen in Movies
Note: An updated post from my Moviepilot article last week.
As the new trailer for Sicario tells us, the word is Spanish for ‘hitman.’ This intense crime drama already made waves at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is directed by maestro Denis Villeneuve, who recently gave us two great films in Prisoners and Enemy. Both films were highly admired by not only myself, but the majority of the cinema world in general. The same can now be said for Sicario.
Villeneuve has corralled a quietly impressive cast for the upcoming thriller-drama. The film stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Jon Bernthal. The plot involves an FBI agent (Blunt) from Tucson, Arizona who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries to track down a ruthless drug lord (aren’t they all?).
As I mentioned above, Sicario premiered at Cannes to critical acclaim. The film currently holds a 87% ‘Fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 15 reviews, with an average score of 7.8/10. Praise was given to Villeneuve’s directing, Taylor Sheridan’s writing, Roger Deakins’ cinematography, and the performances of Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro especially.
Lionsgate will have limited release of the film in the United States on September 18, 2015 and a wide release on September 25, 2015.
For me, the two biggest draws for the film are Villeneuve and Blunt. The 47-year-old French-Canadian director has had a relatively quiet career until recently with films like Polytechnique (2009) and Incendies (2010) putting him on the map as a major filmmaker. In February 2015, we heard the announcement that Villeneuve would even direct the sequel to Blade Runner. Harrison Ford will reprise his role, and it will take place several decades after the original, with Ridley Scott set to produce the film for Warner Bros.
32-year-old Emily Blunt is in the process of revitalizing her career. She’s obviously gorgeous, yes, but recently it’s been her action film roles that have gained her a massive amount of attention. You’ll notice in the trailer that she looks very convincing in her role, appearing very at home in an action role. If you need proof, check out last year’s Edge of Tomorrow, and Looper (2012). Blunt isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and play rough. She’s a formidable opponent.
In honor of the new trailing dropping for Sicario, let’s talk about the eight best movie world hitmen of all-time!