“Sicario” already has a lot going for it. A layered script by Taylor Sheridan, tremendous direction by Denis Villeneuve, and a trio of knockout turns by Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro. But the secret ingredient in the mix that brings it all together is the work of cinematographer Roger Deakins. Framing every single shot with precision and artistry, he helps to wrap up the entire picture in a blanket of singular, throbbing intensity. It’s another notch in the celebrated career belt of the cinematographer who is the rare talent in his trade that is nearly a household name (at least among cinephiles).
So, if you’ve seen “Sicario” already, or want to be prepared, this nearly half-hour long Q&A (via Larry Wright) is a pretty good way to go. Deakins talks not just about the film, but also reveals that Angelina Jolie‘s project “Africa,” which he was set to make with her next year, has fallen apart. And yes, he’s got the “Blade Runner” sequel on deck, but he can’t talk much about it yet.
“Sicario” goes wide on October 2nd. Check out the talk below along with a new featurette and fresh images.