I’ll say this for director Denis Villeneuve–he knows where the bodies are buried. His last film, Prisoners (2013), uncovered a rotting corpse, reveled in details of missing and dead children, and tossed Hugh Jackman into a pit. If I want someone beaten up, ditto–over the course of two and a half hours, in between exhumations, Jackman punched a kidnapped Paul Dano into a twitching mass of hamburger.
Villeneuve’s new film, Sicario, is a half-hour shorter, so it has to pack more in. It begins with FBI field agent Kate (Emily Blunt) discovering 42 cut-up corpses