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Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Though less subversive than its predecessor, Sicario: Day of the Soldado succeeds as a stylish, dynamic thriller -- even if its amoral machismo makes for grim viewing.

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In Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the series begins a new chapter. In the drug war, there are no rules--and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin's daughter to inflame the conflict--but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for.

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Cast

Benicio Del Toro
as Alejandro Gillick
Josh Brolin
as Matt Graver
Isabela Moner
as Isabel Reyes
Jeffrey Donovan
as Steve Forsing
Catherine Keener
as Cynthia Foards
Matthew Modine
as James Riley
Shea Whigham
as Andy Wheeldon
Ian Bohen
as Carson Wright
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Critic Reviews for Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Every moment of Sicario: Day of the Soldado is soaked in an unilluminating and easy cynicism.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

'Day of the Soldado' would be hard to stomach at any time. It feels particularly worthless now.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

If there is a theme in this film, I would venture to guess that it's right there in the title. The soldier, el soldado, has his day and his way throughout.

July 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Without a humanizing element like Blunt's character, this whole grim affair is just a race to the bottom in which everyone loses.

July 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Moner is terrific, and her character's fortunes can be read in her eyes-blazing to begin with, as she scraps with another girl in a schoolyard, but dark and blank by the end, their youthful fire doused by the violence that she has seen.

June 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Where its predecessor, 2015's Sicario was intermittently thoughtful, this sequel is mindlessly mean-spirited.

June 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sicario: Day of the Soldado

½

The sequel to the grim thriller offers more of the same: a realistic and violent look at terrorism, trafficking and the need to get dirty to win such wars. Emily Blunt as the moral compass of the first film did not return. The sequel looks almost as great and the mood is quite similar anyhow. In the end, the plot falls a bit short, but still makes for some grim entertainment. wonderfully tense situations and a couple of surprises.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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½

The first Sicario was almost unbearable to watch, one of those films that keeps you glued to the screen for the duration. The sequel is something different and works for the better part of the film, but there is something missing. The action of the film is relentless with some of one of the best action scenes coming around the half way point, it reminded me of Clear and Present Danger. The biggest issue with the film is overall story, it doesn't have that Emily Blunt character to explore the landscape. The cast are impressive and the final confrontation is brutal, leaving us with some graphic imaging. I hope there is a third film and fourth, they should change the director with each film though, maybe even allow the writer to take a chance, he did very well with Wind River. 28/09/2018.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

Super Reviewer

An irregular sequel that pales in comparison to the excellent first film, especially as it betrays the motivations of the characters (which make little sense here) and becomes too implausible in the end, even if its nihilism still works thanks to the strong performances from the two leads.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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