Agent Matt Graver teams up with operative Alejandro Gillick to prevent Mexican drug cartels from smuggling terrorists across the United States border.
ActorsStarring: Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Catherine Keener, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Matthew Modine, Shea Whigham, Elias Garza, Howard Ferguson Jr., David Castaneda, Jacqueline Torres, Raoul Max Trujillo, Bruno Bichir, Jake Picking, Tenzin Marco-Taylor, Faysal Ahmed, Dan Davidson, Graham Beckel, Sherman Allen, Lourdes Del Rio Garcia, Christopher Heyerdahl, Ian Bohen, J.D. Garfield, Ryan Begay, Diane Villegas, Ibrahim Renno, Alejandro de la Peña, Brian Reynolds, Frédéric North, Joseph A. Garcia, J.D. Marmion, Hector Dez, Jon Kristian Moore, Thang Khan Gin, Mang Khai, Zaw Tan, Mickey Dolan, Alex Cacho, Rick Vargas, Lloyd Voights, Rob Franco, Oscar Avila, Arturo Maese Bernal, Billy R. Sanchez, Gary Anthony Castro, Iliana Donatlán, Beth Bailey, Stafford Douglas, Nick Shakoour, Sakariya Ali, Alfredo Quiroz, Fernando Urquides, Tasha Ames, Abigail Marlowe, David Manzanares, Connor Skific, Jackamoe Buzzell, Christian Pedersen, Ryan Jason Cook, James Devoti, Chris Adams, Catherine Haun, Gregory Paul Valdez, Barrett James, Gonzalo Robles, Cassandra Rochelle Fetters, Michael Love Toliver
A key part of the success of 2015’s Sicario was Emily Blunt’s role, which provided a moral balance to the hard-hitting story. Her character does not return in Sicario: Day of the Soldado; the main reason for this, according the director Stefano Sollima, was that they explicitly did not want this sequel to have a moral compass. Unfortunately, it turns out that is exactly what makes this movie nowhere near as interesting as its predecessor.
As per its tagline, Day of the Soldado escalates the ruthless No-Rules war on drugs. The cartels are not only trafficking white powder and people across the border, but also terrorists. So Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) re-engages Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) to provoke one of the cartel heads by kidnapping his daughter and making it look like the work of a rival cartel. This of course leads to a lot of violence, and the Mexican bodies soon pile up.
But now that there is no moral compass in this movie, that’s just about all that remains: gritty violence without a clear point thanks to these kinds of illegal covert US interventions, all in the name of supposed US security. But does it achieve anything?
Not sure it achieves much in the war on drugs, but it also doesn’t deliver more than a disappointing sequel.