In this day in age, big movie companies are putting out sequels of their biggest blockbusters
like it is a written rule. Meaning, if it did very well at the box office, it has to continue on and get
a sequel to the story. Then you have a movie like Sicario: Day of the Sdado come out, and you
are thinking to yourself why is this movie need a sequel? The first Sicario was a terrific film, but
it was not a blockbuster hit. So it came to my surprise that they were making a sequel with a
different Director and Cinematographer. Was it necessary? Probably not, but Sicario 2
completely exceeded my expectation if it.
Though not as masterfully shot as the first one, which had Roger Deakins as the
Cinematographer, the unknown Director of Photography did a hell of a job trying to match the
feel as the first the best he could. With Benicio Del Toro reprising his role as Alejandro and his
co-star Josh Brolin as Matt graver, the two were perfectly paired together in this film as their
dynamic and character development In this film was even better than the first. Though Emily
Blunt did not reprise her role, it did not hurt the movie at all considering I thought she was the
weakest character of the first. Overall I really enjoyed the sequel, even though I thought the first one was a superior film, I
thought Sicario: Day of the Soldado was a better movie to go see in theaters. If you are a fan of
the original sicario, I am pretty sure you will enjoy this movie. 7.5/10
Written by Lucas Tribble
At first glance, the original Sicario appears as exactly the kind of film which requires no sequel. A dark, uncompromising exploration of the U.S.’ escalating battles with the drug cartels, Sicario was as much a political statement as it was a thriller. So to turn this property in the franchise seems that the message would inevitably become diluted in favor of setpieces. Whether that day will come is uncertain, but that day is not today. Day of the Soldado continues to explore America’s extrajudicial attempts to combat the cartels with an equally dark and nihilistic viewpoint. However, in a shocking turn, Day of the Soldado also manages to be more humane than its predecessor, aided by its splendid cast who are simply given more to do this time around. Benicio Del Toro gives perhaps his most solemn performance, one that embodies all the quiet nuances of grief and despair. He was a hell-bent warrior in the last film doing whatever he could to claim his vengeance, but now he is just a man looking for a sense of purpose, and this gives the sequel a wonderfully humane quality that, in this reviewer’s opinion, was missing in the last film.
After seeing him play diabolical, purple aliens and time-traveling, cybernetic hitmen, it was refreshing to see Josh Brolin in the role of Matt Graver, the darkly humorous government official who’s assigned to bring down the cartels by any means necessary. Similarly to Del Toro, Brolin’s performance is taken to another level with this sequel, maintaining the character’s charisma while continuing to make him even less humane. It’s a measured, well-balanced performance by Brolin that always maintains a certain likability, yet never shies away from how monstrous this character can be. While more spectacular than its predecessor, Day of the Soldado refrains from making the mistake so often familiar to sequels, and that’s mistaking “bigger” for “better”. Instead, Day of the Soldado continues to emphasize the role of tension and suspense, resulting in setpieces that can not only be spectacular, but riveting. The climax of this film had my heart racing not only because of the circumstances, but because the characters involved were so much more sympathetic and understandable.
Day of the Soldado were much portrays the various forces involved with this conflicts as being monsters, but since when did monsters never have a soul. Aside from an underwhelming ending, there’s not a false beat to be found in Day of the Soldado, and I dare say I prefer it to the original. Taut, suspenseful, riveting, and engaging, Day of the Soldado is easily recommended, especially for fans of the original. 8/10
Written by Gabe Theis
Hosted by: Lucas Tribble and Gabe Theis
Directed and Edited by : Eduardo Flores