Watson Reviews: Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Spoiler Free)

I really loved the first one.  It was a surprise October delight.  I wasn’t looking forward to the sequel as much, so I missed it in theaters and waited to see it on a plane in yet another October viewing.

Could it delight?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

When terror, narcos, and undocumented immigration blur into one national crisis, the Secretary of Defense unleashes rogue elements of the intelligence community to deal with them with extreme extremeness.

There’s really not much more to the plot than that…

WHAT WORKED:

  • Josh Brolin is always worth watching. Talk about a guy having a good year.  Sure this was a middle offering, but he’s also hit it big as Cable in Deadpool 2 and as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War earlier in the year.  No matter how good or bad the film, Brolin has been a nice addition to every film he’s done since Goonies.
  • Benecio del Toro never phones it in. Instead of getting joked by Brolin like in Avengers, this time they work together. While I didn’t care much about the plot, del Toro smolders as the guy who really hates the narcos.
  • The action is unforgiving! There are some really great set pieces of action and fighting that took some series stunt and choreography work.

WHAT DIDN’T WORK:

  • The unforgiving action makes it feel more like a snuff film. There are way too MANY great set pieces of action and fighting that took some series stunt and choreography work. After a while it felt more like some kind of a snuff film.
  • It lacked the humanity of the first. This is 100% attributable to the absence of Emily Blunt.  She was the hook in the first film as an FBI agent brought into a dark world full of shady “good guys”.  Here, we just deal with the shady side.
  • I didn’t care about any of the characters. In the same vein, there is no one to really identify with or root for.  Sure, you want the narcos to lose, but it is not because you want Brolin and del Toro to win.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Without Blunt, the film kind of fell from smart drama to pure revenge action flick.  It was a good revenge action film, but nothing approaching the original.

Overall, I give Sicario: Day of the Soldado a score of 7.5Quick Fires out of 10.

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