First screened in September 2015
Director: Denis Villeneuve. Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya, Maximiliano Hernandez, Raoul Trujillo, Julio Cedillo, Bernardo P. Saracino, Jeffrey Donovan, Jon Bernthal, Hank Rogerson, Kim Larrichio, Jesus Nevarez-Castillo. Screenplay: Taylor Sheridan.

Twitter Capsule: Drug war as oil fire: the film is thick black smoke in stately, terrifying plumes. Every throat is tight. Blunt excels.

VOR:   Technical execution has elicited much awe. Explicit or implied politics around nationalism, race, and militarization have incited much debate. Both are arguments for engagement.

Photo © 2015 Lionsgate/Thunder Road Pictures/Black Label Media

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins
Best Original Score: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Best Sound Editing: Alan Robert Murray

Other Awards:
National Board of Review: Outstanding Collaborative Vision

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