Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a title on our hotly anticipated watch list for 2018, in part, thanks to the films pacy and energetic predecessor, Sicario (2015). The first film was a surprise package starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Torro with Denis Villeneuve directing. On paper at least, the movie represented a typical narco-action-thriller, but in reality presented its audience with a gritty and thought-provoking look at the war on drugs in the U.S and Mexico. Emily Blunt gave a well-rounded performance as an idealistic FBI agent mixed up in a dirty war headed by CIA man, Brolin, and Colombian “consultant” Del Toro. Unfortunately, Blunt, along with director Villeneuve, have not returned for the sequel, but Brolin and Del Toro reunite as black ops comrades, out to cause carnage between the Mexican cartels.
In Sicario: Day of the Soldado it is discovered the cartels are smuggling assassins and terrorists across the border into the U.S. Brolin’s sinister company man character, Matt Graver, is once again given the green light to remove the gloves and fight fire with fire. With the help of Colombian assassin, Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro), the daughter of a Mexican cartel, Isabela Reyes (Isabela Moner) is kidnapped in a false flag operation with the intention to start a war between the cartels. Gillick, tasked with the kidnap and proposed execution of the drug lords daughter, has a crisis of conscience and tries to protect the girl, as Graver and his team hunt the pair down.
The film manages to replicate the gloomy tension of the first outing, but without the strong moral compass of Blunt’s character, Katie Macer, the chaos has no reference point. Instead, it is left to the remaining characters to question themselves and their motives. This goes against the profile of the characters orchestrated in Sicario, and undermines the overall feel of the film. Day of the Soldado is boosted by the introduction of Catherine Keener, as a CIA director.
Stefano Sollima takes over the role as director, and with his previous work on Suburra (2015) and the Italian mafia TV drama Gomorrah, he brings with him the style to replicate the dark realism of the first film.
You can view the official Sony Pictures Sicario: Day of the Soldado Trailer here.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) wrote the script for both movies.
The film is set to be released in the United States by Sony Pictures (Columbia Pictures label) and internationally by Lionsgate on June 29, 2018.
Benicio del Toro as Alejandro Gillick
Josh Brolin as Matt Graver
Isabela Moner as Isabela Reyes
Jeffrey Donovan as Steve Forsing
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Gallo
Catherine Keener as a CIA Director
Matthew Modine as Secretary of Defense James Ridley
David Castaneda as Hector
Elijah Rodriguez as Miguel Hernandez
Ian Bohen as Carson Wright
Jake Picking as Shawn
Jackamoe Buzzell as Commander Willett
Christopher Heyerdahl as Headmaster Deats