Saturday, June 30, 2018

SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO MOVIE REVIEW

 Sicario: Day of the Soldado is directed by Stefano Sollima and stars Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Catherine Keener. The plot of the movie is the drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the U.S. border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.    The first film was different it was very bleak it didn't have a nice Hollywood ending. The most surprising thing in the first film was the character Alejandro played by Benicio del Toro.  Once again this character is fantastic and he is a character that even though he has a moral center he is certainly not a good guy. He will kill children if he needs to, he'll torture people and he'll go outside of the law.  Josh Brolin is a lot more intense in this film in one of the opening scenes he is interrogating someone and he threatens to bomb their family's house.  The action is depicted in a way that makes you feel like you are there.    This film also focuses on what happens to children who are caught in the middle of terrorist acts. There is an early scene at a supermarket that is just horrific. A boy throughout the film is being groomed to be an assassin or be involved in the drug trade.  A young girl gets taken, but she is not just kidnapped she is used as a pawn.  Some may have a problem with this, but in my opinion, it is a realistic portrayal of terrible things that happen.  The film is trying to communicate what effect war, terrorism and drugs have on children. That message comes through in the end with a final scene that did not end up like I thought it would. One of the things I like about both of these movies is they are not predictable. My one flaw with the film is there is a 10 minute period in the middle where the film drags a bit, but it picks right back up.    4 out of 5 stars for Sicario: Day of the Soldado. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.


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