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Blu-ray Review: Benicio del Toro And Josh Brolin Bring Gutsy Machismo To SICARIO 2: SOLDADO - Movies In Focus
Sicario 2: Soldado (aka Sicario: Day of the Soldado) is a gutsy, machismo driven sequel to Denis Villeneuve‘s 2015 sleeper hit actioner. This follow-up is a solid entry into the war on drugs sub-genre and while it packs a visceral punch, you can’t help but find it all a bit slight in the plot department. Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin again star as Alejandro Gillick and Matt Graver, a pair of tough guy hombres waging war on the Mexican drug cartels. The duo brings a lot of muscle to their roles, propping up the slight material with their gruff screen presence. Taylor Sheridan once again scripts, with Italian helmer, Stefano Sollima replacing Villeneuve in the director’s chair (the Canadian was too busy making Blade Runner 2049). He keeps the action grounded and real, making every high calibre bullet count as del Toro and Brolin upset the cartels by kidnapping one of the ring leader’s daughters. However, complications ensue and del Toro’s Gillick is forced to go it alone across the border in Mexico. Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin make for a winning combination and it’s a shame that the film’s second half makes their characters go their separate ways. This [...]