Sicario was one of my favorite movies of 2015. Did it need a sequel? Probably not. But we got one and it simultaneously has one of the worst subtitles and one of the best posters ever.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado finds the U.S. under attack by suicide bombers coming into the country through the Mexican border. To combat this, the government enlists
Thanos Josh Brolin to start a war between the Mexican cartels, causing chaos in the region. To assist him, Brolin recruits Latino Brad Pitt Benicio Del Toro, who is still on his quest for revenge on those who murdered his family.
The Sicario sequel loses focus on what made the first movie so great. It suffers without director Denis Villeneuve. While new director Stefano Sollima knows how to create and shoot excellent action scenes, he is unable to recreate what Villeneuve was able to do in building tension. Another thing that makes the first one work is Emily Blunt’s character. She gave the audience someone to relate to. She wanted to do the right thing, but struggled in what that may be or how exactly to achieve it. Brolin and Del Toro’s characters are terrible people who do terrible things. They might be necessary and do things that are necessary, but the audience can’t really relate to them.
However, once you settle into the movie and know that you are getting more of an extremely dark action movie rather than the deeper movie that was the first, there’s entertainment to be had. The story is interesting and the way they try to achieve their mission, while a little messed up, kept me intrigued. Plus the movie uses Jeffrey Donovan a lot more, and I’ll never complain about more Michael Westen (for all my Burn Notice fans out there).
Overall, while Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a step down from the first Sicario, it does have some entertaining elements on its own. The ending feels out of place, and it fails to give the audience a character to cheer for, but if you are up for a dark action movie and are a fan of the first, it is worth seeing. Sicario: Day of the Soldado gets a 3.5/5.