Here’s some history. Sicario was released a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. It was an interesting story with some great performances, notably Benicio Del Toro who really took over that whole movie in the third act. So now we’re getting a sequel, but was it really needed?
Mexican cartels have now been classified as terrorist organizations, so the government brings in an expert (Josh Brolin) to get these cartels to fight each other, so he immediately hires Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). One of their first acts is to kidnap a cartel leader’s daughter (Isabela Moner) but that plan goes sideways, resulting in drastic means to keep her alive.
This movie is tense, some incredible moments of action and suspense. Like the first Sicario, it’s an incredibly slow burn that results in some absolutely captivating moments. The opening scenes of the film really kick things off in a very cool way, reeling you into the action.
And Benicio Del Toro again steals the show as the mysterious Alejandro. He kicks enough ass that you’re excited to see what he does next but he also delivers some deep and emotional moments, especially a sequence in which he encounters a deaf man, where he’s able to shine (and Mexican actor Bruno Bichir gets a few scenes to shine as well).
This movie unravels in a really weird way in the finale. There’s a moment that I was shocked, I couldn’t believe they did something. And then it spiraled out of control and resulted in a final scene that left me confused, underwhelmed, and disappointed.
Also, this movie is an incredible downer. If you’re looking for a traditional action film with a rewarding payoff, this isn’t it. Our characters do horrible things and horrible things happen to them, that’s just the norm here.
Lastly, like I mentioned before, this is a slow burn. You might fall asleep between big bursts of action. Again, if you want something traditional, this isn’t it. This is a long and slow movie that rewards you every once in a while with violence.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado tries to capitalize on what worked in the first film but misses the mark. Benicio Del Toro is still great but the movie he’s in falls pretty flat, being relatively slow and resulting in a climax that is weird, disjointed, and disappointing. The first film is still great but you can probably pass on this one, at least until you can rent it.