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Sicario: Denis Villeneuve relishes the film's 'deeply stressful' mood

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Sicario is one of those films that sticks to your soul. It’s not just its unsparing story and riveting performances, but also the indelible images and action sequences near the Mexican border that burrow deep. 

Emily Blunt, who proved she wasn’t some dainty beauty in Edge of Tomorrow, is the idealistic FBI agent who volunteers for a joint mission to crack down on the drug cartels after some of her colleagues are blown to bits. But Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are the kinds of government ops that never make you feel at ease when they’re on your side. 

Sicario is in the season’s awards picture, and EW can announce that the film will arrive on Digital HD on Dec. 22 and Blu-ray/DVD on Jan. 5.

In this exclusive new featurette, director Denis Villeneuve explains how he purposely aimed to create a raw and visceral story that is “deeply stressful” for audiences. “Sicario is a journey through darkness and though the darkest sides of human beings, about how far should go as a society to protect ourselves” he says.

If you don’t believe me, or if you’ve forgotten, it will only take a few chords of Jóhann Jóhannson’s downward-spiraling score to set the dark tone

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