Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
FBI agent Matt Graver teams up with operative Alejandro Gillick to prevent Mexican drug cartels from smuggling terrorists across the U.S. border.
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Surprisingly incoherent and boring
I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
Ok... Let's be honest. It cannot be the best movie but is quite enjoyable. The movie has the potential to develop a great plot for future movies
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Absolutely love the first 'Sicario', a strong contender for Denis Villeneuve's (have a great personal admiration for him) best and a tour-De-force of film-making. It is superbly well made, directed and acted, is tightly written, tense and uncompromising in atmosphere.So when hearing that there was going to be a sequel, part of me was excited. Due to Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro returning, as well as Taylor Sheridan as writer, and being intrigued by the concept. Part of me was also apprehensive, with it not being as acclaimed critically and whether the new cinematographer, director and composer would do well filling big shoes. Friend word of mouth was positive and it actually looked good, so that was enough to make me see it. Am so glad of giving it a chance, for me 'Sicario: Soldado' had a lot to live up to and managed to be almost as great as its predecessor, definitely one of my favourite recent film viewings and compares favourably with other 2018 films seen so far.Catherine Keener and Matthew Modine are basically window-dressing but 'Sicario: Soldado's' main, and only big one, problem is the ending (or last ten minutes), which strained credulity and was both rushed and anti-climactic.However, even with a different focus (focusing less on the drug war compared to the first film) but the spirit, basic core and amorality present before are still maintained and doesn't radically change much and things are elaborated upon..'Sicario: Soldado' is impeccably made for starters, the setting is both audacious and visceral in showing the horrors and brutality of the setting and the editing is tight, stylish and enhances the brutal atmosphere. The cinematography is not Roger Deakins, but there are no signs of slouching with Dariusz Wolski whose cinematography is just as stunning and dark in grit, doing almost as amazing a job at bringing out the visceral horror.The music score is haunting and pulse-pulsating, one can actually feel their heart beat with tension and anticipation. The sound editing is suitably authentic and Taylor Sheridan's script is just as tightly structured and complex as before. Stefano Sollima's direction has class and matches the beautiful darkness and especially the hard edge Villeneuve showed in 'Sicario' without being an imitation.The story is just as taut and compelling, if not quite as energetic, having lost none of the brutality and edge that was there before. The setting, atmosphere and subject are neither overdone or sugar-coated, instead being suitably murky and dark. There are brilliant moments here, especially the suicide bomb attack which was nail-biting and superbly staged. The shocking execution scene and the adept choreography of the gun battles also impress.All the performances are never less than strong. Benecio Del Toro is nothing short of extraordinary, he is absolutely chilling but brings a conflicted edge that gives Alejandro complexity and stops him from being one-dimensional. Josh Brolin doesn't have as much to do this time round but all the qualities his performance had in the first film are present here. Isabela Moner more than holds her own and has impressive moments, her character easily could have been annoying but actually found myself feeling for her more than once.Overall, a great much better than expected sequel to a masterwork. 9/10 Bethany Cox
If all you are interested in is brainless action and violence then this is the movie for you. But from a technical perspective this movie made absolutely no since. The story line was very flawed. And the editing was atrocious. It was so poorly thrown together I spent the movie looking for the mistakes. And in the end I left the theater. embarrassed for anyone associated with making this piece of garbage.
I didn't watch part 1 of the franchise. So not sure where they are coming from. But I liked the vibe this movie gave me. I was a sense of thrill what got me hooked and I didn't look at my watch once what often happens when I er bored watching a movie. Josh Brolin is rapidly becoming one my top 10 fav actors. I like him, good acting. believable guy. Benicio Del Toro also an great actor. Good facial features and good acting. The storyline wasn't that thrilling for me, but the vibe is what I liked about it. Great music and nice scenes in between. Loved the action scenes too. They could have done better with the storyline, making it a bigger movie. It's a nice enjoyable movie, nothing more.
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!