The sequel to 2015’s Sicario, Sicario: Day of Soldado keeps the focus on the drug war on the Mexican border, with terrorists now also being trafficked into the US.
Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Jeffrey Donovan reprise their their roles, with Isabela Moner, among the newcomers to the cast as the kidnapped daughter of a cartel kingpin.
"... Emily Blunt’s questioning FBI agent was a vital key to the first film’s success, and without a character like this, Sicario 2 is missing a moral compass. I’d like a little nuance to a film coming out in 2018 that at its core deals with illegal immigrants and the US / Mexico border..."
"...The sequel continues the beautiful, desert cinematography the original did so well.
It also ups the ante on the violence, showing just how dangerous the Mexican/US border region can be...."
Please note - 7.5 star rating rounded up to 8 stars.
"...Hard-hitting, engrossing and intelligent, this is a moody and satisfying sequel whose narrative takes flight on the wings of a growling soundscape..."
"This sequel looks the part but lacks the humanity of its predecessor...
...It's with an expectedly unsettling air that Sicario: Day of the Soldado becomes a tense exercise in distress, dancing through dark terrain, and ramping up the anxiety and carnage at every turn"
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