Agent Kate Macer and her partner Reggie Wayne have been working with the FBI SWAT team to raid the hideouts of suspected Mexican drug cartel workers and kidnappers. Kate volunteers for a task force formed by the Department of Defense and the CIA. They will work with U.S. Marshalls and Delta Force operatives. Their first mission is to extradite the brother of Manual Diaz, one of the cartel leaders. They will interrogate Guillermo to learn where a tunnel is located in Mexico used for drug smuggling. The teams will then go through this tunnel and try to encounter Diaz. Their main goal is to reach Alarcon, the head of the cartel.
I have some complaints about this film. It is too long, there is too much driving, the music sets the tone for intense scenes but some are not worth the tension. The characters played by Brolin and Del Toro are strong push people around roles. Kate does a lot of watching and not asking questions. Her friend Reggie is just another character but he is the only supporter of Kate. There is a twist in the later scenes that I didn’t see coming. 3* (This movie is OK)
121 min, Action directed by Denis Villeneuve with Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Max Trujillo, Julio Cedillo, Hank Rogerson.
Note: Imdb 7.7 out of 10, 93% critic 85% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*, Amazon 4.1* out of 5* with 2381 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, Mexico City, Mexico. Development of this film started when drug violence in Juarez was at its highest in 2010.