The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.
In this adventure/drama, CIA agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) enlists a mysterious operative to help investigate a Mexican drug cartel that has been smuggling terrorists into the U.S. Things escalate when the daughter of a top kingpin is abducted, forcing Graver and his partner to re-evaluate their mission.Written by
Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin have both been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Collector and Thanos respectively. See more »
The film depicts the US-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Tamaulipas (Mexico) as a barbed wire fence separating both countries. In reality, the border between the US and Mexico is an internationally known body of water: the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo for Mexicans). The Rio Grande River meanders like a snake along the TX-MX border. In some places, the river is several hundred feet wide. In other places, it is only a few yards wide. A border wall (built several yards North of the river) exists along some parts of the Rio Grande Valley, while in other places there is only fencing or no barriers at all between the river and American soil. The Rio Grande Valley/Mexico border is 273 miles long. Currently there are 55 miles of "Primary Fencing" (made up of 18-foot tall steel bollards installed on top of a 4-6 ft. concrete wall). See more »
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Written by Victor Daniel Federico Guerrero, Dante Edu Espinoza Sanchez and Ernesto Davila Carreño
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Not as good as the original SICARIO, but very good all the same
I found the original SICARIO (US 2015, directed by Dennis Villeneuve) one of the best films I have ever watched, one of the rare films made in this millennium that I would put on a par with the classics.
SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO is, like most sequels, not as good, but it has some merits nonetheless. The acting by the two leads, Del Toro and Brolin, is first class, although this time Matt Graver (Brolin) comes across as more brawn and less of the subtle and even sardonic brain that he was in the first film. I missed an adult woman in a central role. Teenager Isabela Moner does her part well, but in a world of death, drugs and general depravity, a woman of Emily Blunt's presence would have helped.
I also liked Matthew Modine, who I had not seen on the screen for some time. He plays a ruthless but stylish and authoritative secretary of state.
Sollima appears to be a promising director, but he is not yet at Villeneuve's level, and a number of weaknesses become apparent during the movie, not least because the screenplay is not as tight and credible this time. For instance, the movie opens with an Islamic State member committing suicide, and I thought, wow, here is an interesting connection: Islam radicals and cartels. Alas, after a brief interrogation scene with Brolin sounding menacing and fulfilling his threats, the Islam element disappears from the movie and we are back in Mexico and cartel territory... and, to me, the movie steadily loses quality and gains predictability thereafter.
The action scenes are very good, though I found Del Toro's survival surreal in every respect. Cinematography excellent. Again, screenplay is the weak link, with an open ending that inevitably opens the door to SICARIO 3.
The first film suggested the darker workings of state in its war against threats posed by drug cartels. SOLDADO also suggests it in the interrogation scene and in the way that state sees human life as expendable, but it is less subtly presented.
10/10 to the original, 8/10 to this one.
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