“Sicario” Sees Another Cinematography Masterclass From Industry Ace Roger Deakins

With Denis Villeneuve’s gritty thriller Sicario arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from Feb 1 courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment, audiences can marvel at another masterclass of cinematography from one of Hollywood’s best Roger Deakins.

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A veteran of cinema both in the UK and America, Briton Roger Deakins is renowned for the kinetic, gritty realism of his cinematography that has seen the films he’s worked on achieve over 120 major awards nominations. His latest film to arrive on home video – Denis Villeneuve’s brilliant thriller Sicario about a government task force battling the illegal drugs trade between the US and Mexico – sees another distinctive piece of work enhance the desert-kissed twists of this unpredictable drama.

Will Sicario see Deakins win his first Oscar? The breathtaking cinematography (reportedly inspired by the photography of Alex Webb) brings the energy of Mexico’s darker side to life. Many commentators believe this will be Deakins’ year.

Where else have you seen Deakins’ marvellous work? For starters, most of the Coen brothers’ output including other desert-set films No Country For Old Men and True Grit alongside the snowy climes of Fargo.

Here’s a few others you might have seen…

Skyfall (2012)

Former Bond girl, Bérénice Marlohe has been cast to star in Dennis Bartok’s English-language horror P.O.V.Bond movies are often thrilling, escapist and brilliantly bombastic but they’re rarely considered beautiful. Deakins’ tenure on Skyfall changed all that, however, with everything from Silva’s evacuated city through to the Highlands of Scotland rendered stunning thanks to his artful eye.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Morgan_Freeman_tim-robbins_shawshank-redemptionIt’s strange to think that comparatively few people saw Deakins’ work in Frank Darabont’s peerless classic the first time around but, in a salute to the power of home entertainment, The Shawshank Redemption has gone on to become a bona fide classic, regularly topping Best Film Ever lists and adored across the globe.

Air America (1990)

Air-America-deakinsWhen not forging a career-long partnership with the Coens, Deakins was cutting his teeth elsewhere and Air America is an early example of why the gigs just keep coming. Sure, the film itself might not have gone down in the annals of movie history but, consistent with every film in this list, the cinematography is top notch.

Personal Services (1987)

julie-walters-personal-services-deakinsJulie Walters as a suburban brothel madam might not sound like the sort of thing where you walk away praising the technical aspects of the film but this stands up to this day as an early sign that Deakins knows what he’s doing.

Sid & Nancy (1986)

sid-and-nancy_gary-oldmanA visceral, tragic love story, this early Gary Oldman-starrer tells the story of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and his doomed affair with Nancy Spungen. In so doing it also gave Deakins plenty to work with as punk Britain – snot, sweat and all – veritably pops from the screen.

Nineteen Eighty Four (1984)

nineteen-eighty-four-film-deakinsAs he preps for the Blade Runner sequel, it’s interesting to note that one of Deakin’s earlier outings was with another dystopian thriller, namely the seminal adaptation of George Orwell’s classic. John Hurt and Richard Burton bring the thesping, Deakin brings his impressive touch.

Sicario is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from February 1st, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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    Evan Crean Reply

    Roger Deakins is one of my favorite cinematographers. He shoots beautiful films. Happy to see Skyfall on the list. Not only is it an amazing looking film, but it might be the best looking Bond movie of all time. Shawshank Redemption is another classic. Had no idea that he shot it. Ashamed to say I haven’t seen the other pictures on this list. I should check them out.

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    Jaina Reply

    Deakins did fantastic work on Skyfall – the entire colour palette of the film is not like any other Bond film before it. And probably not after it. For a while at least!

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