Sicario: Day of the Soldado Movie Review

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  • Release Date  : 06/07/2018
  • Genre              : Action, Crime, Drama
  • Cast                   : Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine
  • Director          :  Stefano Sollima
  • Duration         : 2 hrs 02 mins
  • Language        : English

As sequels go, Sicario: Day Of The Soldado tries to up the scale and action from its predecessor. Where director Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 thriller managed to strike a fine balance between grit and drama, Stefano Sollima’s sequel stays focussed on action alone. The story is based entirely around the US-Mexico border. The setting keeps shifting between Texas and Mexico City, but for the most part, the film plays out in the desert between the two countries.

A sequel of Sicario (2015), this film picks up the same theme of Mexican drug cartels and their involvement in illegal cross-border activities between the US and Mexico. This time, CIA operative Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) teams up with Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) to crack down on the cartels trafficking people across the border and allowing terrorists to enter Texas. Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) isn’t a part of the story this time. The movie has its technical strengths, the writing is a bit wish-wash.

Sicario 2 is an engaging film with great action sequences, the stunning visual appeal doesn’t quite make up for the absence of a genuine emotional core. This one has all the thrills but very little heart. Nevertheless, the performances by Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro are top notch. Brolin plays the clay-cold Graver with ease, while del Toro builds on the legend of his character. If you enjoy the thrill of gunfights and larger-than-life characters, go and watch it for the engaging experience.