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Sicario: Day of the Soldado
FBI agent Matt Graver teams up with operative Alejandro Gillick to prevent Mexican drug cartels from smuggling terrorists across the U.S. border.
|Studio :||Rai Cinema, Thunder Road Pictures, Black Label Media,|
|Crew :||Art Direction, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Benicio del Toro Josh Brolin Isabela Moner Jeffrey Donovan Manuel Garcia-Rulfo|
|Genre :||Drama Action Thriller Crime|
Waste of time
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
A lot of perfectly good film show their cards early, establish a unique premise and let the audience explore a topic at a leisurely pace, without much in terms of surprise. this film is not one of those films.
Go in cold, and you're likely to emerge with your blood boiling. This has to be seen to be believed.
In the wake of the bloody aftermath of 'Sicario' the narrative shifts in the direction of Josh Brolin's character Matt Graver. Known in the government for his carefree ability to carry out military dirty work on foreign soil with savage efficiency. On the endlessly grimy US-Mexican border, terrorists are being smuggled through to Texas hidden as immigrants. After a harrowing suicide-bomb attack tears through a shopping mall, the cartel is elevated to 'terrorist' status, freeing the military's ability to intervene on activities across the border. Matt is assigned to mitigate a war between the cartel leaders by feigning the kidnap of a leader's daughter. He again recruits an ever volatile and revenge driven Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) to aid in the undertaking of this dangerous and gritty mission. Following the monumental critical success of the first installment, 'Day of the Soldado' is poised for triumph. The first act is excellent, a chilling sequence of events introducing the buildup to the terror attack and subsequent reaction of the government. Filmed with military precision and establishing the ruthless 'no rules' attitude the characters are still willing to adopt. The action scenes are thrilling and realistic, bullet casings clanging off surfaces and distressing blood mists heighten the viewers immersion. Brolin and Del Toro turn in excellent performances as dogged soldiers with a complex balance of mutual respect and conflict of interest. Credit to Stefano Sollima for directing many gripping action sequences and an overall accomplished movie. Dariusz Wolski steps up from an accomplished portfolio to produce a pleasing visual landscape. Although both screenplays are written by the extraordinarily talented Taylor Sheridan, 'Day of the Soldado' suffers from some plot flaws and struggles to conclusively tie up loose ends. The particularly perplexing decision for Alejandro's character to abruptly deeply care for the captive Isabel Reyes (Isabela Moner) doesn't seem to be an action that his character would make even in spite of his lost family. Furthermore, the government's unexpected decision to wipe clean the mission also appears to be a sudden change of events that doesn't quite hold up with the tempo. Unfortunately, the beautiful nuances dripping from every scene of the original aren't entirely successfully built upon (think - spellbinding 'bridge attack' and edge of the seat 'covert night assault'). The film certainly stands up to the original but suffers from the loss of Denis Villeneuve (Director), Rodger Deakins (Cinematography) and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson (Music). What this instead produces is an action movie rather than a seething complex drama. A great sequel which makes for a thrilling and captivating watch. Fortunately for audiences, 'Day of the Soldado' is the second installment in a proposed trilogy. "So. You want to be a Sicario?". Overall: 7.5
A great follow up to an amazing first film, Del Toro and Brolin still give stellar performances. I'm keen to see how they follow-up this one.
Loved this film! The tension keeps you riveted to the screen. Brilliant direction, cinematography and acting.
Finally: a summer movie that doesn't suck donkey balls! Then again, "Soldado" is far from what one would actually call a summer movie.I think the producers' decision of releasing it in the end of June, or middle of the major blockbuster season, was seeing it as an an antidote to the usual summer fare, and it has worked!If you just can't take another mainstream comedy, feature-length animation or something to do with superheroes, then "Soldado" might be just what the combat medic ordered.The movie's not so generic as to fit some general label - you might want to call it action, drama or thriller though - but it's captivating as hell if you like any of those three genres. But above all, it's well made in every way, gripping, and entertaining in some nihilistic sense.So many posh words so far, but not one about what it's actually about, eh? It's about war. The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border (depicted at length in 2015's "Sicario") has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists into U.S. To fight it, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.Original's stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are back for the second helping, but this time the gloves are off and there's much less talk and much more action.This means that the audience has to also stomach a bigger amount of realistic bloodletting, which fills pretty much the whole story.What I really enjoy about "Soldado" is how realistic and to-the-point its story feels in every aspect. There's no way I can evaluate the actual level of realness compared to the U.S's actual covert war against cartels, but it sure does feel competent on the screen.The powerful laconic style preferred by director Stefano Sollima and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan works to a great effect. The central characters are all about business as they say, authentic warriors through and through.They don't glamorize war and suffering, they don't go on wasting bullets or words even to celebrate (small) victories because they know from experience how finite and fragile everything can be. They just go and do what's needed, and look supercool doing it. Especially Brolin who feels even manlier than usual.We don't even get to see the management side of the operations that much, which would only slow down and fragment the story, probably. This also saves the action-hungry part of the audience of the long-winding first half of the original "Sicario".All in all, witnessing the "kitchen side" of life of organized crime (and fighting that) hasn't felt that realistic and captivating since, well, the first three seasons of HBO's classic "The Wire".Of course, "Soldado" lasts only two hours, so they can't delve into the topic as deeply. But it really feels like experiencing this life first-hand. Well, without all the hardships such as getting killed, of course.Special shout-out should go to composer Hildur Guðnadóttir whose dark ominous music perfectly fits and compliments the overall atmosphere."Soldado" is by far the best movie of 2018 I've seen so far, and the rare quality sequel that takes all that's good about the original, and then elevates it to another level.Put shortly, I loved it. Please let there also be the third part of the proposed trilogy!