Denis Villeneuve’s superb Mexican cartel thriller Sicario (2015) is one of the more successful explorations of both the moral grey area of the war on drugs and the tension that arises from such uncertainty.
Three years later, writer Taylor Sheridan has returned with a sequel that continues the story of Matt Graver’s guerrilla warfare against the drug cartels, and his unpredictable accomplice Alejandro’s personal journey for revenge. Sicario: Day of the Soldado has a new director in Stefano Sollima, but retains the filthy, unsettling aesthetic of its predecessor; achingly long build-ups of tension, brutal violence and unflinching realism that question whether the ‘greater good’ is worth the cost. Sicario didn’t really need a follow-up, but a strong screenplay and impressive direction make this return across the border surprisingly satisfying.
Release Date: October 10, 2018
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K
Starring: Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Isabela Moner