June 29, 2018

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is in theaters on June 29th, 2018.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a dark, gritty, and realistic peek into the tough decisions a government and its military must make on occasion. This decision involves the US government understanding a threat and trying to cause a war between factions of that threat without ever being detected. If you ever thought about becoming an enemy of this country, this movie will probably help change your mind.

Benicio del Toro leads this film with a strong performance that is truly scary at moments. You understand that this man is only business, and nothing will stop him from completing his mission. Josh Brolin is back to play a snarky know-it-all military man that you also probably don’t want to mess with, but the stand out of this film was a big surprise to me. Isabela Moner plays the daughter of a Mexican cartel kingpin and is unbelievably good in this role. Seeing a young kid forced into these situations is terrifying enough, but her performance only amplifies the film. She knows how to use emotion in her voice while also acting with only facial expressions, and I can’t wait to watch her grow up.

Day of the Soldado shows off great action sequences, bringing the realistic feeling of a battle over from the original film, and even surpassing it, but action isn’t all these movies are about. The overall story, although slow, is strong in its message. There are many scenes in the film that have absolutely no dialogue, and too many of the scenes cause the film to drag, especially towards the final act. If the film was ten minutes shorter, that runtime would’ve flown by.

Overall, I really enjoyed Day of the Soldado, possibly more than the original Sicario. Del Toro truly shines in this film and you only wish this franchise could go on forever because of him. If you enjoyed the first film, and like gritty war movies, I would highly recommend checking this one out in the theater.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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