Sicario: Day of the Soldado
For my money, Denis Villeneuve is one of the best directors going today. Sicario was great, and still wasn’t even one of his best films. I felt like most people when I heard about the film getting a sequel. I wondered if it was really necessary? Obviously, I decided to check it out (because when you have a MoviePass, why the hell not?) Sicario 2 is definitely a very solid film, it pales a bit in comparison to the first but for the most part is a competent effort.
The film sees the return of Alejandro Gillick and Matt Graver, played by Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin respectively. The duo team up to take on the Mexican cartel, who are suspected of transporting Islamic terrorists to the states. The plan is a ruthless one that involves kidnapping the daughter of an established kingpin. The leads get involved in a battle around the border that becomes a tense battle of life and death. Interestingly, Emily Blunt does not return for this film.
I’d like to compliment the score first and foremost. It is tense, nail biting, and foreboding. The cinematography is still very good, even if it doesn’t include Roger Deakins from the first film. Brolin and especially del Toro are great in their roles and are a strong point as to why this sequel works. The film is a little looser and tamer in plot than the first but it still brings the gory violence and gun fights. Its still intense and is close to rivaling the first film in many regards.
Is this sequel necessary? Not at all. Its a good film for sure (although the ending sequences leaves a lot more to be desired and not as strong as can be). However, it didn’t need to be made and is obviously setting up for a trilogy which is even less needed. I’ll still tune in for del Toro’s Gillick. As stated earlier this is still a competently made film that is mostly satisfying. The film has a really terrible title name by the way, should have just stuck with Sicario: Soldado.