Sicario was a hit when Emily Blunt gave an astonishing performance as someone trying to join the big leagues but in doing so gets wrapped up in shady government wet work. That same shady government wet work continues in the sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Unfortunately this time around we are without Blunt performance but luckily we still have Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, and Jeffrey Donovan to keep our eyes glued to the screen. The first installment hit hard and Day of the Soldado does just the same so let’s dive right in.
Combine Brolin’s swagger with del Toro’s calm, collected, silent assassin skills we have a very juxtaposing picture but Donovan’s comedic relief and overall quirky appearance make the image eerily strange but that’s what makes this movie interesting. The same thing that made the first movie interesting, the eerily strange and thought provoking scenes and imagery. Day of the Soldado focuses on how the U.S. government wishes to start a war with the Mexican Cartel but in order to do so they need Matt Graver (played by Brolin). Graver wishes to pin one Cartel against another but to do so he enlists the help of Alejandro (played by del Toro). You don’t need to watch the first Sicario to fully understand this sequel however it does add extra flavor to the viewing experience.
This sequel however does more to expand on del Toro’s character and where he falls in the grand scheme of international relations. The plot thickens when a girl is kidnapped and brings out Alejandro’s true nature, it’s something I believe carried the movie in the second half and is worth noting.
The movie still has intense action sequences and wide panning shots with incredible landscapes so the formula stays the same but Day of the Soldado did exactly what sequels should do, expand and make us care.
We all loved Alejandro in Sicario because he was a Boba Fett/ Darth Maul esk character, a silent badass who knew how to throw down to the point where there are few opponents that match. This time around we get to see more of Alejandro, receiving more depth on his true character and also seeing more of Brolin and where he fits in this growing puzzle of politics and pyrotechnics. The audience gets attached to these characters because of how real it seems for them and the ending undoubtedly sets up for a third installment so be sure to feast your oculars on Sicario: Day of the Soldado.
Starring: Benicio Del Toro & Josh Brolin
Director: Stefano Sollima
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Action, Adventure & Drama
Audience: Rated R
Runtime: 122 minutes
Official Website: www.SonyPictures.com/Movies/SicarioDayOfThesoldado
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