Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 343–344 | Cite as

Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve, 2015

  • Chee S Koh

Mexico has been variously portrayed in recent films. For example, the Mexico in Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a land of redemption; in Man on Fire, Mexico is filled with corrupt law enforcement agents; and in Dallas Buyers Club, Mexico is a second chance. In Sicario, this Mexico is where life can come to an abrupt end literally in the blink of an eye; death is unpredictable and often comes violently and daily. Living as we do in a society that values the sanctity of human life, the reality is most disturbing and confrontational.

And that is how the film begins. Our protagonist, Kate (Emily Blunt), is a tactical Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officer. She leads a raid on a house on the American side of the border, ostensibly looking for kidnapped victims which they do not find. However, a shotgun blast blows a hole in the wall above her head just moments before she falls sideways to the floor. A sharp-eyed colleague, Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya), notices something hidden...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Eastern Health Clinical School, Medical Student ProgramsMonash UniversityBox HillAustralia

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