Sicario – How Bleak is Too Bleak?

His background doesn't surprise, but it's key to the film's narrative, so I'll keep schtum.
Sicario’s “Alejandro,” unwilling to be a victim.

Sicario is a beautifully shot film, orchestrated by director Denis Villeneuve and master cinematographer Roger Deakins. It has a fine script, well acted by the cast, with Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro standing out in the leading roles. As much as I appreciated it, though, I didn’t enjoy it. Why not? Because it’s also an unremittingly bleak film, with nary a chink of light to be seen.

(Spoilers below.)

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The Martian: Sciencing the Movies

Though maybe not with a lump of plutonium as a space heater...
Honestly, the idea of exploring Mars in this is as appealing as anything in the film. (from

The Martian has been out for a week, and it looks like it’s not just a box office success but a big one. It’s just what’s deserved for a film that marries Ridley Scott’s visual genius to a clever and intelligent (not the same thing) script, delivered via Matt Damon’s leading-man charisma and a stellar supporting cast. As popcorn entertainment, it’s the best thing since Mad Max: Fury Road (which, okay, wasn’t that long ago, but that will become an actual classic).

(Some, but not too many, spoilers below.)

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