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El Sicario: Room 164

2010 1h 20m Documentary List
92% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 67% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A hit man who killed hundreds of people was -- for many years -- a police officer. Read More Read Less

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Nicolas Rapold Film Comment Magazine Gianfranco Rosi's extraordinary one-man documentary stares long and hard at the practiced but no less terrifying monologues of a Mexican hit man. Jun 28, 2013 Full Review Mark Jenkins NPR The stories are horrific, if laced with Tarantino-style humor. Jan 4, 2012 Full Review Alison Willmore AV Club El Sicario: Room 164 is an almost laughably simple, aggressively drab-looking film, but it packs a wallop. Rated: B+ Dec 29, 2011 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh Playback:stl ...never dull thanks to the intrinsic interest of the subject matter and dramatic sense and disarming frankness of the narrator, whose attitude and lack of regrets could be summed up as "business is business." Rated: 7/10 Apr 12, 2012 Full Review Donald J. Levit ReelTalk Movie Reviews This one-man dramatization is not a film, but surely an indictment. Rosi's 'grey zone where good and evil meet' is wide of the mark; this is pure evil. Feb 6, 2012 Full Review Ron Wilkinson Monsters and Critics What appears to be a monologue documentary illuminates the elephant in the room. We are the killers. Rated: 8/10 Dec 30, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member A scary view into Juarez. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Docu flippant... J'annule définitivement mes vacances au nord du Mexique. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member "Unfortunately, all the academies in Mexico for training the special police, the investigative police, the military police, and the army, are used by the narcos as training grounds for future employees. You see, anyone who goes through an academy is ready to go to work for the narcos. [...] Of the 200 [police academy] graduates, 50 are already getting paid by the narcos." The Departed, or Goodfellas, in real life. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I have seen it, in English, legitimately. Incredibly dark, important film. If not to the systemic corruption and sanctioned drug trafficking which is crucially relevant to current affairs in Mexico, then it is an important piece into the psychology of someone who explains his "work" in a tone you expect a teacher would explain their administrative responsibilities. His description of early enticement into the trade, through training, through to various responsibilities and participation in conducting brutality of "enormous suffering" at the will of "el patron", is chilling and deeply disturbing. This interview is not only the confession of a mass murderer, it is a testament to how organized and how rooted the drug industry is in the Mexican economy and politics. An echo of a tragic history which ripples across south America over the decades. -nimbletreefrog Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member minimalist and chilling. very matter of fact. it's unsettling but fascinating. very effective. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member If you aren't into uncomfortable truths about the evil that lives in the hearts of humankind, stay very far away from this movie. The only part I didn't like was... Ah shit it's a spoiler. Nevermind. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A hit man who killed hundreds of people was -- for many years -- a police officer.
Gianfranco Rosi
Serge Lalou, Gianfranco Rosi
Charles Bowden, Gianfranco Rosi
Production Co
Les Films d'ici, Arte France
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
May 17, 2019
1h 20m
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