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Sicario: Day of the Soldado - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Gruesome! Engaging! Soldado Delivers!"

Directed by the Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima, Day of the Soldado is the sequel to the 2015 film Sicario which went on to become a fabulous hit on home video and streaming platforms and is directed by one of the best directors working today, Denis Villeneuve. Starring  Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin in recurring roles, I was very much excited to watch this film cause Sicario is one of my favorites from 2015. I still remember that day leaving the theater feeling quite uncomfortable because the film felt so real and gritty with its vibe and is one of the best and memorable movie theater experiences I ever had.

After a few devastating and destructive human bombing incidents, the United States government comprehends that these events are heavily orchestrated by the Mexican Drug Cartels and their interference in transporting illegal immigrants across the border. So, the Secretary of Defense James Riley (Matthew Modine) appoints Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) for a secret contentious mission that sets our movie underway.

Written by Taylor Sheridan, who also penned the script for Sicario ensured that the storyline is engaging enough to sit through for two hours. Much like Emily Blunt's relatable character in the first film, in Soldado, Sheridan focused on how Cartel war and gangs disturb and affects the lives of teenage kids and told the story in two subplots involving a boy and a girl. These underplots had a through line and added a much-needed emotional impact which is one of the main positives applauded by the critics and the audience in the prequel.

Furthermore, I'm happy to see director Stefano Sollima maintaining or even elevating the franchise's gruesome tone and the ghastly vibe as they're quite a few terrorizing scenes which are agonizing and not at all entertaining to watch. But, the magic that Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins created in the first film is certainly missing, the scenes from the border or in the tunnel from the climax were one of the most intense and skillfully shot and directed sequences in recent history and sadly Sollima dropped the ball when it comes to delivering those high-intense prospects.

As far as the characters, Benicio del Toro is once again on top of his game, the way that he carried his demeanor is profound as he shaped his character as likable even though he continues to do awful stuff. Josh Brolin's character had so much more to explore in this film with a significantly more range and parts to deal with.

Overall, Sicario: Day of the Soldado is an engaging and a spine-tingling thriller in all respects and the best part is I can still remember or can recall everything in the film, therefore, it is also memorable. It had a few pacing issues and lacked the intensity as nothing can top the masterpiece which is the first film. Nevertheless, Soldado is still a solid movie to watch with low expectations.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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