SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO
Release Date: June 29, 2018
Director: Stefano Sollima
Stars: Benecio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner
Plot: The US government uses dark agents to try to start a war between the Mexican drug cartels
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
I will give this to the SICARIO franchise, they know how to set a dark mood. Just like the first film, DAY OF THE SOLDADO has exactly zero happy moments. It is filled with despair, horrible people, and decisions that have to be made that have no positive outcome.
One of the things that gives this movie some power is the methodical, mechanical way the characters go about doing their jobs. There is very little emotion, and when emotion is interjected it is quickly dispatched. Because of this there are many times where the film feels slow. I wasn't clock watching, but I did feel like the movie wasn't getting anywhere.
If you like movies that have a tidy wrap up and ending, this is not the film for you. It's open-ended and leaves a lot of questions unanswered. It feels like this movie was nothing more than a setup for the third film in the franchise. I don't always mind it when a franchise does that, but in this case the second film isn't strong enough to stand on it's own.
Hopefully, the next film will tie everything together.
If you saw the first film in this franchise you know that you need to be in a special mood to see and enjoy these films. This isn't a popcorn action flick. It is dark and difficult all the way through. If you liked the first one you will most likely enjoy this one as well, but it isn't as good as the first.