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Emily Blunt plays Kate, a young, idealistic, and talented FBI agent whose specialty is hostage situations. She is recruited by Matt (Josh Brolin), a government agent who offers her an assignment that will get her at the heart of the drug trade to really make a difference in the war on drugs. A mysterious man, Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), is quiet but seems to have a key role on Matt’s team. The movie is about the execution of a mission to find a specific drug lord. The film is excellent; it is intense but very skillfully written and directed, and there are many plot twists that keep it moving at a very fast pace. The sound was amazing; there is a haunting melody that adds to the suspense. The “real world” frequently crashes into Kate’s more idealized version of the world, creating ambiguity around what is right and wrong in the effort to stop the activities of drug lords. And best of all, Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro are both excellent in the ways they portray the complexity of their characters. Big thumbs up for a film that is very well acted, suspenseful, and though-provoking.

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