Watch: VFX Reel for Denis Villeneuve's Real-World Thriller 'Sicario'

October 8, 2015
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Sicario VFX Breakdown

Even though it may seem like there's barely any visual effects or any CG patching in a dramatic real-world thriller like Sicario, the truth is that there's a great amount of work that goes into finishing a film like this. Denis Villeneuve's Sicario, starring Emily Blunt as a young FBI agent who gets a taste of the Mexican drug wars, is one of my favorite films this year. This breakdown and VFX reel from Oblique FX shows some of the sequences they worked on, and as always it's very fascinating to see. Realizing just how much is added with visual effects is impressive, and it's always interesting to see how much they did shoot with bluescreen.

Here's the VFX breakdown reel for Denis Villeneuve's Sicario from Oblique FX, found via The Film Stage:

Denis Villeneuve's Sicario, from a script by Taylor Sheridan, first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival as an In-Competition film. Official synopsis: "A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit." The story in the film specifically features a loophole in which mercenaries are legally allowed to cross the border of Mexico in order to bring in a drug lord. "It's about the alienation of the cycles of violence, how at one point we are in those spirals of violence and ask ourselves, 'Is there a solution?' My movie raises the question; it doesn't give any answer." Lionsgate released Villeneuve's Sicario starting September 18th - now playing.

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I had no clue the highway scene had that intense of a set extension done. the best CGI always goes unnoticed

Ryan on Oct 8, 2015


they couldnt film in juarez...only the aerial shots of the city made it

desispeed on Oct 8, 2015


After NARCOS. These guys...damn.

DAVIDPD on Oct 9, 2015


Great work,very seamless as CGI should be.

Truthtella on Oct 10, 2015

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