February 24, 2024

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Geek Review: Sicario: Day Of The Soldado

Benicio del Toro's Alejandro returns in this sequel to Sicario.

Did the world need a Sicario sequel?

Well, whether it did or it didn’t, we got one anyway.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado has a very different tone from the original.  In that one, Emily Blunt’s FBI agent was thrust into the world of the drug war and the really dirty tactics other branches of the United States government engaged in, as seen in the form of government agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and a former cartel lawyer turned hired gun Alejandro (Benicio del Toro).  For the sequel, Blunt’s character is nowhere to be seen, but due to a crisis on the border, Graver brings Alejandro back in from the cold to start a war between rival Mexican cartels.

Since the viewer presumably knows how ugly things are in the world of Sicario, the mounting terror and paranoia of the first is absent.  Instead, we see the ugly side of this world from the beginning.  Original director Denis Villeneuve doesn’t return, but writer Tyler Sheridan does, lending the movie a bit of consistency.  The movie actually works fine as a stand alone, but some of the timing involved with the issues here are…unfortunate.  I’ll have another SPOILER STUFF post later today.  As for the movie itself, let’s say eight and a half out of ten surprise suburban moms.