Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Swanner: As the Mexican cartels have stopped trafficking drugs into our country and started trafficking people over the US border, federal Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) re-teams with for hire assassin Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). Trying to turn the cartels against each other, Graver’s team kidnaps Isabel Reyes (Isabela Moner), the daughter of the Reyes cartel, making it look like a rival cartel. The Reyes cartel is the same cartel who killed Alejandro’s family.

The film is less confusing than the first one, but with that being said I still don’t understand how these mercenaries and cartels get away with what they do. I do miss the Emily Blunt character because she seemed as confused as I was in the original. So, I did feel on my own this time out. Taylor Sheridan’s script is as tight as ever. He really is one of the best screenwriters working today. Brolin and Del Toro are as good as ever, and Moner holds her own standing up to these movie stars. Italian director, Stefano Sollima, makes his American directorial debut with this film, proving it never hurts to make your debut with one of Sheridan’s scripts. Sollima does make the change of directors seem seamless.

Never a big fan of gangster films, Sicario: Day of the Soldado definitely has that vibe. It’s violent and unapologetic. It’s also very timely watching the cartel moving people into the country, as this issue has become so magnified in the American south west. The film is rated R for the graphic violence, so those who are squeamish might want to skip this film. It is nice to have a non superhero/animated offering during the summer.

Swanner: 3 stars

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