Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Drama | English, Spanish with English subtitles | 122 minutes

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Backed by a Mexican drug cartel, a terrorist bombs a Kansas City supermarket killing 15 people. CIA operative Matt Graver is assigned to head for the Mexican border and root out the cartels. The U.S. government also learns the drug cartels are now heavily involved in human trafficking.  Matt recruits Alejandro Gillick, a former Mexican prosecutor, to assist him. Their plan is to instigate an inter-cartel war that would produce one winner. Dealing with one cartel rather than many would make their job easier. When Matt, Alejandro and their mercenaries cross the border into Mexico, they are attacked by Mexican police. Graver and his team kill 25 Mexican policemen.  They also kidnap teenager Isabel Reyes, daughter of one of the cartel kingpins, hoping this would create the needed incident to start a cartel war. When word gets back to Cynthia Foards, Matt’s boss at the CIA and Secretary of Defense James Riley, that  killing of the Mexican policemen was becoming a political liability, and  the Kansas City terrorists were domestic, not Mexican, Matt is told to abort his mission.  Matt, knowing that Isabel Reyes witnessed the killing of the 25 Mexican policemen,  orders Alejandro to kill her. At this time, it  boils down to an endless war with the drug cartels and the killing of an innocent young woman.  

Cast
Benicio del Toro (Alejandro Gillick) / Josh Brolin (Matt Graver) / Isabela Moner (Isabel Reyes) / Catherine Keener (Cynthia Foards) / Matthew Modine (Secretary Defense James Riley)
Why Stream This Film?

There are endless wars going on between murderous Mexican drug cartels and U.S. federal agents. The actions taken by both sides are dirty, cruel,  unmerciful. It’s particularly upsetting when it also involves human trafficking. If you’re up to seeing these kinds of dramas, this sequel to the previous Sicario is a film to stream. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 62%
  • Metacritic Score: 61
Accolades
  • Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Winner, Best Director (Stefano Sollima)International Motor Film Awards: Nominated, Best Drama Feature; Best Cinematography (Dariusz Wolski)
This is one of my favorite movies of 2018.
Richard Roeper

Chicago Sun-Times

The successor to SICARIO digs in its dramatic claws from the outset and keeps the tension high and dramatic with twists coming in ways that should spark a solid commercial life. SICARIO: DAY of the SOLDADO can’t help but be saturated in sadness and tragedy due to the dire world the film inhabits. Its predominant setting–the foreboding desert, grim border communities, heavily militarized zones–are nowhere you’d want to be plunked down  in real life if you could help it, and the human dilemma symbolically embodied in the character of young teen Miguel, to stay straight or become a killer, could not be more clear-cut, or ultimately, tragic.
Todd McCarthy

The Hollywood Reporter

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