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  • Summary: A Juarez hit man speaks: he has killed hundreds of people,
    is an expert in torture and kidnapping, and for many years
    was a commander of the state police in Chihuahua. He even received some training from the FBI. He has lived in Juárez and has moved freely throughout Mexico and the US.
    A Juarez hit man speaks: he has killed hundreds of people,
    is an expert in torture and kidnapping, and for many years
    was a commander of the state police in Chihuahua. He
    even received some training from the FBI. He has lived in
    Juárez and has moved freely throughout Mexico and the
    US. At the moment, there is a contract on his life of $250,000
    and he lives as a fugitive, though he is still free and has
    never been charged with a crime in any country. The film
    takes place in a motel room on the US / Mexico border.
    The sicario is highly intelligent, very articulate and all too
    believable. The film stems from Charles Bowden’s essay
    The Sicario published in 2009 in Harper’s Magazine. (Doc & Film International)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Dec 21, 2011
    88
    A lot of evil is laid on the table in El Sicario, and the film makes a big, if exquisitely subtle show, of theorizing that there's no way to explain how it got there.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 29, 2011
    83
    El Sicario: Room 164 is an almost laughably simple, aggressively drab-looking film, but it packs a wallop.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 21, 2011
    80
    Despite his repentance, you sense that this lost soul will be confessing his sins for all eternity.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Dec 29, 2011
    75
    The hit man's narration is compelling and frightening on its own.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 27, 2011
    70
    Our subject retains a noticeable streak of pride in his expertise, though falters when discussing the killing of women. Hoping for his own salvation, the converted killer now claims the scales have fallen from his eyes, but his executioner's hood remains in place to the end - as does the mephitic air of timeless evil that hangs over El Sicario.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Dec 30, 2011
    70
    The stories are horrific, if laced with Tarantino-style humor.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 13, 2012
    10
    A very interesting documentary. All of the film taking place in one room (except for some landscape shots). Only one narrator speaking aboutA very interesting documentary. All of the film taking place in one room (except for some landscape shots). Only one narrator speaking about his life and his work as a hitman, torturer,.. for the drug cartel. Expand

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