‘Sicario 2: Soldado’ Review

Stars: Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Isabela Moner, Elijah Rodriguez, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine | Written by Taylor Sheridan | Directed by Stefano Sollima

2015’s Sicario was the film that elevated its director Denis Villenueve and got him the Blade Runner gig. Relentlessly grim and sometimes frustratingly evasive, it might not have functioned brilliantly as an informative exploration of real-world tensions, but as an exercise in unbearable tension and greytone morality, it did the job. What it certainly didn’t do is cry out for a sequel. But three years later, here we are.

After opening titles which make it very clear this is not about economic migration but cartel-controlled trafficking, the film opens with a truly shocking suicide bombing in a Us supermarket – a scene which is wryly followed by Secretary of State James Riley (Matthew Modine) publicly stating that terrorism won’t terrify the American people.

Riley brings in Matt Graver
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