I decided to take a look back on the movie sequels I’ve seen this year and damn have I been busy. So far this year most of these sequels I’ve seen have either sucked or were just unnecessary. But then every once in awhile you find a sequel that was surprisingly good or was better than the first one. Sicario: Day of Soldado is one of the most unnecessary movies I’ve seen; it was also surprisingly good and it may be better than the first one. (But at least it didn’t suck!)
I know I’m late with this one it’s really just my lack of motivation to see this movie and the fact I feel like I’ll end up just talking to myself for this entire review. (Hang on I’m always doing that!) I never saw the first movie when it came out so this weekend has been a Sicario marathon for me. I watched the first movie on Netflix and it was pretty good. It had a good story, some good drama, was very violent and beautiful to look at and the sequel did pretty much the same thing. Sicario 2 passed the how to make a good movie sequel school for dummies.
Why Was This Movie Even Made? : My only real complaint with this movie is why do we need a sequel to this movie? The first movie tied everything up pretty well. Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) got his revenge on the guy that killed his family. They got Emily Blunt’s character to sign off on everything they did so it’s legal and then they just moved on with their lives and closed the curtain on everything. There is really nothing left to be told unless you have something new and interesting to add to the story. For example – The Godfather movies. The first movie basically wrapped everything up but The Godfather Part II showed Michael Corleone expanding his business and the pressure of being the boss while also showing us a flashback of his father immigrating into America.
Sicario 2 feels like just another day at the office for these guys and I guess we see more of Alejandro feeling down about his life. But we already knew this and there really isn’t much to it except just another day of killing civilians and drug dealers. If Emily Blunt was in the movie then maybe but if you don’t have anything to say then it should’ve been just an extended story in a comic book rather than a feature-length movie.
What I Thought On The Actual Movie: For a Sicario sequel I think it’s the best you could do. It pretty well feels and plays the same as the last movie. But with this one I got into this one faster than the first movie. The opening started off with a bang! (Or Bangs) This movie is a little more straight forward than the last movie. It doesn’t take long to get the plot started. The first scene with Josh Brolin I thought was really well done. I liked the idea of Alejandro and Matt (Josh Brolin) having to light the spark for an all-out war between The Cartels. Alejandro was my favorite character in the last movie and he is once again a standout. Josh Brolin and the young girl were also very good in this movie. The director Stefano Sollima I think did the best with what he was given. The cinematography still looks pretty impressive. (Still couldn’t hold a candle to the first movie.) The subplot with the kid getting started in the drug world I found pretty uninteresting and the ending screamed out we need more unnecessary Sicario sequels that no one wants. Lastly the action scenes were pretty awesome – I love listening to those machine guns go off.
Overall it was a pretty entertaining movie and I’m giving it a 7/10. I think it’s worth at least one watch.
Sorry this one is shorter than usual I just didn’t have that much to say about this one which will definitely change for my next review, so stay tuned.
Those are my thoughts on Sicario: Day of Soldado so if you agree or disagree please let me know in the comments. If you can share it with your loved ones that would be great and if you haven’t noticed I’m a huge fan of movies, TV Shows & Video Games and I’m willing to suffer for my audience so let me know what I should review next.
Thanks for reading this review and I’ll see you again in the next review.