Sicario: Day of the Soldado Movie Review by Linda Ruiz

Sicario: Day of the Soldado, is not a continuation of Sicario. This new chapter shifts the focus from the war on drugs, to the war on terrorism. It delves deeper into the Benicio del Toro character, Alejandro Gillick, which forms a bond with the audience. We learn more of the man who was transformed into a sicario. Alejandro is not just a mindless assassin driven by revenge. He still has the heart of a father and a conscience that will drive him in a different direction.

In a very tense scene Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), pays a surprise visit to Alejandro at his home in Columbia. Matt is sitting comfortably on his living room sofa waiting for Alejandro to come home.  There he lays out the new situation; the Sonoran Cartel, still lead by Carlos Reyes is now dealing in human trafficking and have formed a partnership with Islamic terrorists. These same terrorists have blown up a Costco in Kansas City killing 15 innocent people among them two children.

Matt lays out his plan, which is to kidnap Carlo Reyes’ daughter, Isabel and make it seem like it was a rival cartel. He tells Alejandro that this time there are “no rules, you’re gonna help us start a war.”

That war takes place on Mexican soil and literally all hell breaks loose. The scenes are intense and the action mind blowing. You actually  feel as if your sitting with them in their bulletproof Humvees with gunfire exploding all around you. This mission does not go as planned. Alliances are broken, betrayal is king and even the American government led by the spineless James Reilly (Matthew Modine), issues the ultimate shocking directive.

Matt is ordered to kill Alejandro and Isabel. This changes everything and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, will hold you by the throat and not let go until the very last scene. That scene opens the door for Sicario 3 and I for one will definitely walk through it.

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