Sicario: Day Of The Soldado

7.12 h 2 min2018X-RayHDRUHDR
An FBI agent teams up with an operative when Mexican drug cartels start to smuggle terrorists.
Stefano Sollima
Benicio Del ToroJosh BrolinIsabela Moner
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Jeffrey DonovanCatherine KeenerManuel Garcia-RulfoMatthew ModineShea WhighamElijah RodriguezHoward Ferguson Jr.David CastañedaJacqueline TorresRaoul TrujilloBruno BichirJake PickingTenzin Marco-TaylorAlfredo QuirozNick Shakoour
Basil IwanykEdward McDonnellMolly SmithThad LuckinbillTrent Luckinbill
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J. BrownReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Siacario - Day of the Boringado
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This movie is no where close to being as good as the first Sicario. This portrays again how risky it is to make a sequel. The plot was undeveloped with no direction and no one to carer about. Brolin and Del Toro do what they can with the script, but even they cannot save the awful dialogue. Keener's character had no background as to her role or importance. There were also several scenes that were just implausible - one example is the Del Toro shooting. All in all very disappointing. Not recommended.
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JaysenReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wait till it's free!
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I was really looking forward to this movie, as I truly enjoined the first installment. This sequel is absolutely one of the worst sequels I have ever seen. The story line made no sense as their entire mission was over within 10 minutes. What was the purpose? What was accomplished? The entire synopsis is about them starting some massive cartel war but nothing ever happened. And when does this take place? is it a sequel or is it a PREQUEL? Because he killed the cartel boss that had his family murdered in the first one but in this one, that's who they are supposed to be going after, but never actually do. And if it is a prequel, how does Del Toro and Brolin start working together again? Del Toro was burned and knew he was now a target. The entire thing just makes no sense and doesn't have anything resembling any sense of direction.
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John ChambersReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent. But not as good as the first.
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The first Sicario was a sleeper hit for me. I walked into the theater with minimal knowledge of the film, not having even seen a trailer. My wife and I had decided to go see a movie, but had nothing we were really looking forward to at the time. We looked at what was playing, read a spoiler free bare-bones synopsis of Sicario, and opted to go see it on a whim. The cast was ridiculous so we figured it would be good. I ended up being beyond blown away by it. It is easily one of my favorite films now.

With that said, Day of the Saldado is not quite as good as the first Sicario. Denis Villeneuve not returning as the director feels like it is 90% of the reason for this. The pacing is not quite as well handled. Instead of artfully and steadily building into a fantastically violent crescendo, it rises and falls at times. Consequently, the experience is a little less "edge of your seat" than the first. Also, without something to fill the void of the unusual perspective switch from the first, Day of the Saldado feels a little less unique and more like a straight forward dramatic action film. The final conflict/resolution, while somewhat subversive, is not ultimately as satisfying as it was in the first either.

With all of that said, it is still and excellent film. While Villeneuve did not return to direct, the original writer of the first film did. Consequently, the story and premises themselves are actually very clever and original. As to be expected, Brolin and Del Toro both turn in tight performances. As does basically the entire cast.

Ultimately, while it is not quite as well done as the first, it is still an excellent film. Well worth spending the $$$ to see in my opinion.
61 people found this helpful
TexasRoseReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I liked the first movie but this one is all over the place. Parts were good but they didn't mesh together. The political part was cheesy and the ending didn't make sense at all. Not sure how a third movie can bring this altogether.
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ScooReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
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This film was awful - I'm taking a writing class and it does everything we are learning not to do - like abandoning the characters' goals mid-way through the movie for a totally different story.

The opening scene was laughable where terrorists blow up some kind of General Dollar type store - first of all, terrorist go for BIG areas of destruction where they can kill the most people - like airports, train stations, etc. They aren't going to go for a store like that at night and kill maybe 50 people. Also, the woman walking towards the door with her kid when the bomber was right there was ridiculous! She should have run towards the back of the store since he was at the front.

So the government decides to try to cripple the cartel which is supposedly responsible for letting the terrorists come in - I don't get this. They are heavily involved in human trafficking but I doubt they are involved with Islamic terrorists.

Then after a convoluted story about kidnapping the daughter of a cartel boss to start a war with the cartels - again confusing - SUDDENLY they discover the bombers were from New Jersey - like they didn't get intel on this before all this? SO - they decide to abandon holding the girl for ransom or whatever and now they are trying to get the girl back to the US -- why is not clear - why not release her to her parents?

So NOW the story gets stupider and is about the Sicario (Benecio) trying to keep the rival cartel from killing the girl of their enemy.

BORING!!!! Really who cares? Then there is a REALLY stupid ending where Benecio offers to teach the punk kid who shot him in the head (yet somehow miraculously he's still alive the next morning) how to be a hit man.

Taylor Sheridan must have written this one in about five minutes. What made Sicario so compelling was it had a SINGLE goal that was followed through to the end and it was told through the eyes of a naive female agent. This movie was obviously written to make money off the first one.

I have zero interest in watching him try to save the life of some rich spoiled teenaged Mexican brat in the desert - like who cares really?
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BulldogReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Everything you thought you wanted from the 1st one.
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I liked it, good watch. It had everything the the first one had, except a faster pace and more action. In action, I mean violence, bacause that is what the action was like, just quick scenes of intense violence. But it came at a cost, in the first once the “action” was built up for so long that the intense explosiveness of it was unique and I, like many others, was left wanting more. Enter Day of the Soldado, where they delivered at the expense of the long tense building, so the impact was just not the same. Still good, still suspenseful and and intense. Like with anything you can’t do everything, I thought I wanted a more bad ass shoot out scenes, but what really made everything so intense in the first one was the slow pacing and build up. Still worth the watch! It delivered what I thought I wanted however, it changed how I felt about the 1st one. It taught me a lesson, for that: 5 stars!
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Bryan GibsonReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Beast
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Before writing anything I must first speak on Benecio Del Toro, mainly on his possessing a thing that cannot be taught, that cannot be learned, a thing that has come to be known as “it.” Sean Connery, Idris Elba, Clarence Williams, Tom Hardy—all these actors have “it” in their DNA; it is something that allows them to appear onscreen and command it while saying absolutely nothing—“it,” one might say, is presence; it is a demeanor expressed mostly through the eyes and mouth; it is observed in how the actor stands, how the actor walks, gestures, and even how he takes air into his lungs. I name here only male actors not to be sexist, no, but because the trait is mostly observed in males, because it is, I believe, a characteristic of masculinity—not simply of maleness, but of manliness. For that reason, actresses possessing the gift, no matter how beautiful, or effeminate, also possess an undeniable masculine quality that reveals itself despite their otherwise feminine appearance. Lauren Bacall comes to mind; in To Have and To Have Not, she needn't speak a word and even Humphrey Bogart understood there was something extraordinary about this woman beyond her exquisite surface, something deeper, captivating, ferocious. But back to the point: As in Soldado's prequel, Sicario, Benicio Del Toro appears and immediately one seeks to know who is this man? Why is this man? and how many other men have perished attempting to find out?

Occurring soon after the events in Sicario, Day of the Soldado is a seething, violent, quasi-political drama featuring Del Toro as CIA operative Alejandro Gillick, a machine constructed by violence, fueled by vengeance and producing only that which conceived it: Death. Along with Alejandro, the CIA has been given orders to start a war between the Mexican drug cartels for the purpose cannot say for sure; for the story here is not as easily grasped as its predecessor's. Certainly we can discern from early events in the film why the Company has been “unleashed” into an arena in which there will be “no rules,” but it is still difficult to imagine a scenario where its mission, to clandestinely penetrate the border of a neighboring ally in order to toss a match onto a region still smoldering from the Company's last adventure there, it is difficult to imagine that the arsons could return from this journey without themselves getting burned. The mission is doomed from the start, and only hubris prevents those involved, including the movie's creators, from comprehending what is all too clear.

Soldado isn't a complete film in that it suffers from apparently being part II of a trilogy. Unlike Sicario, where the story is told from beginning to end, simultaneously leaving the audience with a sense of satisfaction and anticipation for what's to come, Soldado is way too interested in preparing us for the eventual finale, leaving too many questions unanswered, too many streets abandoned for us to wander alone. On one such street we are left to ask what director Stefano Solima and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan should have asked themselves: While protecting the daughter of a monster responsible for the slaughter of Alejandro's own daughter—had her submerged in acid, in fact—agent Gillick appears without conflict, without any sense of turmoil over what could only be described as the most unendurable hell in which a man could find himself: for each second in the presence of this child must remind him of the moment he discovered that his own little girl had literally been dissolved; each instant protecting her must recall for him the instant he could not protect his child from the demons of this world; I say, in Alejandro MUST be ready to erupt a scream for vengeance that could at least somewhat be mollified if allowing his enemy's child to suffer as his child did, to perish in a similar way, so that her dad, while still capable of taking air into his lungs, is made to bear what Alejandro will endure until the instant he stops taking air into his; and to not address this is a missed opportunity to delve further into Alejandro's understandably horrific depths.

I am not suggesting that Gillick should himself become the monster; I am instead insisting that he is ALREADY the monster, as evidenced in the remaining minutes of the first Sicario, during which the beast wholly reveals himself before devouring an entire family about to, ironically, eat their meal. We see only a glimpse of him in Soldado: On a Mexico street the assassin Gillick removes his mask, showing his true face to a victim who immediately knows why he is about to die, why the monster is there, why the beast pulls the trigger until Karma cums.

With solid performances from Josh Brolin, Isabela Monin, and of course Benicio Del Toro, Day of the Soldado is a film whose cast deserved more than they were given; it is a movie that cannot help but be a disappointment to anyone who truly appreciates its prequel; and it is a story that will hopefully be more adequately told in the next Sicario, the last act of what will hopefully be determined an impressive trilogy.
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Lewis ChamberlainReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing Rental.... but glad I didn't buy it or see it in theater.
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I was hoping for a prequel rather than a quick money grab spin off of the first film. There were some great scenes but the ending utterly ruined the movie for me. It's like they ran out of money and time and just came up with a fast and cheap ending... I can imagine the movie's bookkeeper saying "hey, just noticed we already spent 99% of our budget on the first half... better forget about plot and wrap this up quick and cheap". Should have be called "Una-staro... dia de los pedos".
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