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Sicario: Day Of The Soldado - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Aug 2, 2018 - 3:44:01 PM

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Sicario: Day Of The Soldado

No Rules This Time

When a terrorist bombing is linked to drug cartels trafficking migrants illegally across a border, a government agent persuades a mysterious colleague to join his elite team tasked with escalating the war between cartels on the other side of the border. When the team kidnaps a kingpin’s daughter and new information comes to light about the terror attack, she becomes a liability in the minds of the officials who sanctioned the kidnapping leaving her fate between the two enigmatic men.

Alejandro Gillick is a former lawyer whose family was killed by a cartel and is now a hitman with ties to the Central Intelligence Agency as an operative in the campaign of the war on drugs. Matt Graver is a C.I.A. Special Activities Division officer who has been authorized by his superiors to use his team to start a war among the cartels in retaliation for them allowing an terrorist to cross the U.S. border. Isabela Reyes is the daughter of a kingpin who finds herself being used as a pawn in the operation but soon becomes a loose end when she is a witness to a shoot out that could become an international incident. Miguel Hernandes is a Mexican-American coyote (illegal immigrant shepherd) working for a cartel along the Texas border and looking for opportunities to rise higher in the ranks of the organization.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a tough as nails sequel that does not live up to the original, but succeeds in being a gritty examination of knee-jerk government policy when it comes to acts of terrorism. This movie had big shoes to fill and it chose to expand on the shades of grey that are present when it comes to different issues, from meddling in foreign conflicts to the blatant disregard for life on foreign soil unless the incident gest global recognition. Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin bring the right level of tenacity when reprising their roles, but I must spotlight Isabela Moner and Elijah Rodriguez for the levels of nuance they were able to bring in their characters’ performances. Stefano Sollima does a serviceable job with his third directing effort of a feature length film, but he has the unenviable undertaking of coming after a visionary. Taylor Sheridan’s script for this sequel is a lot less black and white than what he did for the original, but it also asked the audience to take a certain leap of faith that divided viewer opinions in the end. Hildur Guðnadóttir score is not as moving as that of the late Jóhann Jóhannsson and when parts of the score from the original are used, they seem out of place. This sequel felt like a western in its approach to all situations involved and brought to mind movies like Stage Coach, 3:10 to Yuma, The Searchers, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Two Mules For Sister Sara. I rate this movie a rating of 3 & 1/2 out of 5.

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