Haiku Review: Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Written by Taylor Sheridan
Directed by Stefano Sollima


SYNOPSIS
The US/Mexico border becomes a front for an all new war with the cartels when they begin to smuggle terrorists and the dirty tactics that have defined the war on terror begin to hit too close to home.


HAIKU REVIEW

Ratcheting Tension;
With Impressive Set Pieces;
And Brooding Music.


RATING:
Watch in Theater Immediately
**Pickup at Redbox Upon Release**

Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable
Don’t Waste Your Time


ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

Let’s get it out of the way. No, this sequel doesn’t have Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins behind the camera, nor Emily Blunt in front of it. But between writer Taylor Sheridan and its two male leads, there are enough original pieces in place to make for a good movie. Is it up to par with the original? No. But so what? Why judge everything based on what came before it, rather than it’s own merits? This is still a moody, atmospheric thriller with blurred lines and questionable tactics in service of a greater goal. It grabs your attention immediately and holds it for two hours, takes the story in a direction I didn’t expect and adds some much appreciated depth to del Toro’s fascinating Alejandro. It’s gritty, grim and thought-provoking; a dark tale about horrors we prefer to shield ourselves from until they come knocking at our door. If you have Moviepass, or just want something respectable that doesn’t need 100 minutes of CGI to make its budget back, this is a good one for the theater. If your time is limited, wait until it hits Redbox.


 

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