Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado
Main Cast: Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Catherine Keener
Director: Stefano Sollima
‘Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado’ is an action crime thriller movie produced by Black Label Media and Thunder Road Pictures. The film is a sequel to ‘Sicario’ and was released on 11th June 2018. The story begins as we get to see CIA agent Matt Grever go against Mexican drug lords after they are suspected of transporting terrorists who put out a bomb at a local grocery store in Kansas City. Graver recruits black operative Alejandro Gillick as his partner on this particular mission. The duo plans on starting a war between the two major Mexican drug lord gangs. As a result, Gillick kills a renowned lawyer belonging to the Matamaros cartel whereas on the other end, they kidnap its rival head’s daughter named Isabela. Graver and Gillick make Isabela believe that she was captured by her father’s enemies and that she is not safe because of them. Meanwhile, it is revealed that at least two of the bombers were American citizens and so, in order to tone down the hostility between the two countries, Graver is given orders to abandon the mission and erase any signs of US involvement, which also meant executing Isabela. Gillick refuses to go with the execution and hence, he takes Isabela and becomes a rogue agent. Graver assembles a team in order to murder both Gillick and Isabela as the battle for survival starts between the two agents.
The franchise’s two main characters go to war against each other in what is so far been considered to be an epic film. The sequel brings back some of the most talented actors in this underrated film. Both Del Toro and Brolin have performed superbly as they go head to head against each other. Stefano Sollima does well to clearly define the personalities of both the agents from early on in the film. We get to see how Gillick holds sympathy for Isabela as an innocent girl who has been forcibly dragged into a political warfare between two countries. Meanwhile, Graver is somewhat different as he solely focuses on the mission and shows how a true agent holds no signs of mercy for anyone when it comes following orders. The film also holds a sudden unexpected plot twist in the form of the character named Miguel Hernandez. Apart from that, Sicario 2 being a film related to drug warlords naturally holds that traditional intense action and adventure which leaves the viewers wanting more.
Despite the filmmakers efforts, fans have questioned the plot and storyline that has taken place in the sequel without the original film’s main character known as Kate Macy (played by Emily Blunt). Viewers argued that Emily Blunt’s presence gave the original ‘Sicario’ a narrative focus that the sequel clearly lacks. Further adding to that, the film has also been criticized for its storyline as critics claim that ‘Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado’ has turned out to be nothing more than a cliché drug war with lots of bloodshed and car chases.
The screenwriter of the film, Taylor Sheridan, stated that he wants to portray the Sicario series as a trilogy. Sheridan’s words give the viewers hope that this instalment may turn out to become a foundation for what is to come in the future. Further supporting his argument is the ending of the film which leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
Despite lacking quality in terms of the plot and storyline, Sicario 2 still has much to offer to its viewers. Although there’s no Emily Blunt in the film, Del Toro and Brolin still manage to wow the audience through their performances. The concept of two CIA agents going against each other in an all-out battle is a unique idea in its own entirety. The film also uncovers dirty politics that occur between governments in secrecy and how their actions effect the common people. Overall, the film is very entertaining and one that can intrigue viewers of all ages that are over 16.