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TIFF 2015: Sicario interview with Emily Blunt

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Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio del Toro are no strangers to big-screen romps — The Devil Wears Prada, Men in Black 3, Guardians of the Galaxy — but Sicario is a decidedly different animal.

The gritty drug-trade thriller from director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) tells the story of an idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) enlisted to join a shady task force battling cartels on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Brolin plays an enigmatic government spook, and Del Toro is a cold-blooded Mexican national whose motives and loyalties are murky.

In an interview with JD Heyman at the PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly photo studio during the Toronto International Film Festival, the three Sicario cast members discussed how the film tackles its grim but topical subject matter.

“It is relevant,” Brolin said. “We talk about ISIS, and ISIS is such a major thing. … But that’s way, way, way over there. And yet this is right in our own backyard, and it’s so much more intense.”

Blunt said she was struck by “the sheer brutality of the imprint that [cartels] leave on people’s lives,” calling it “really disarming, really shocking.” She added that Sicario “doesn’t shy away from that.”

“I think it reveals how cheap life has become for everybody,” she said.

See more from the interview in the video above.

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