Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Though less subversive than its predecessor, Sicario: Day of the Soldado succeeds as a stylish, dynamic thriller -- even if its amoral machismo makes for grim viewing.



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In Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the series begins a new chapter. In the drug war, there are no rules--and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin's daughter to inflame the conflict--but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for.


Benicio Del Toro
as Alejandro Gillick
Josh Brolin
as Matt Graver
Isabela Moner
as Isabel Reyes
Jeffrey Donovan
as Steve Forsing
Catherine Keener
as Cynthia Foards
Matthew Modine
as James Riley
Shea Whigham
as Andy Wheeldon
Ian Bohen
as Carson Wright
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  • Benicio Del Toro is incredible, the story is gripping, it is different then the first film.

    Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Every moment of Sicario: Day of the Soldado is soaked in an unilluminating and easy cynicism.

    Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

    Top Critic
  • 'Day of the Soldado' would be hard to stomach at any time. It feels particularly worthless now.

    Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Without a humanizing element like Blunt's character, this whole grim affair is just a race to the bottom in which everyone loses.

    Jul 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Moner is terrific, and her character's fortunes can be read in her eyes-blazing to begin with, as she scraps with another girl in a schoolyard, but dark and blank by the end, their youthful fire doused by the violence that she has seen.

    Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Where its predecessor, 2015's Sicario was intermittently thoughtful, this sequel is mindlessly mean-spirited.

    Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sicario: Day of the Soldado

  • May 22, 2019
    An intense and gritty crime drama, Sicario: Day of the Soldado tackles some very topical and complicated issues. When the Mexican cartels are suspected of smuggling several terrorists over the US-Mexico borer a paramilitary group is assembled to start a cartel war by kidnapping one of the leader's daughters, but when the op goes bad everything changes. Starring Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Catherine Keener, and Jeffery Donavan, the film has solid cast. And, the fight choreography is quite impressive and action-packed. Additionally, the script does a good job at showing the complexities and moral grayness involved in the border war: cartels, terrorism, human trafficking. Sicario: Day of the Soldado is little different than the original, but it's still incredibly compelling and provocative.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    Denis Villeneuve Stefano Sollima is not, but that doesn't mean the Italian-born director can't make an entertaining if not necessarily worthy follow-up to Villeneuve's 2015 thriller. To be fair, my memories may serve a bias against any Sicario sequel not directed by Villeneuve or one that doesn't include Emily Blunt's Kate Macer as it was the first film I saw at my first ever Toronto International Film Festival. That said, I haven't re-visited that now first film since it was released on Blu-ray and so, while I remember being overcome by the tension of the piece and the fact its ideas were more prominent than its story it would seem my actual memory of the film as opposed to my fondness for the experience surrounding the film is something that shouldn't allow me to hold that film in as high regard as I did going into this sequel. Day of the Soldado or what should have simply been titled "Soldado" is what might be referred to as a "fine enough" follow-up in that it does the best it can with the tools it was handed in order to create such a follow-up. Where Sicario was an examination of the complexities of these people who were trapped in a world convoluted beyond their ability to rectify it as everything around them only continued to spin in vicious circles this sequel struggles to find anything new to add to this statement. With Soldado, Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Wind River) returned to pen the screenplay, but it seems he didn't have much more to say as Soldado more or less addresses the same themes and ideas as its predecessor while exploring them through the (much different) perspective of Benicio Del Toro's Alejandro who was an intentionally vague supporting character the first time around. Granted, Del Toro's performance as Alejandro was one of the most distinctive and memorable factors of that first film to the point the attention is not only warranted, but desired to a certain extent. And though Sheridan's script along with Sollima's direction and Dariusz Wolski's cinematography (though it's hard to beat Roger Deakins) all contribute to delivering an entertaining and tension-filled actioner the main issue is the shifting of perspectives as doing so makes these men who were once shrouded in mystery and their moral compasses all the more unclear less so and therefore nowhere near as interesting. It might also be that given the real-world environment Soldado has been released into that a movie with such content should be required to not be as careless with the complicated Mexico/U.S. relationship, but Soldado is ultimately too generic to leave any lasting scars. read the whole review at
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2018
    The sequel to the grim thriller offers more of the same: a realistic and violent look at terrorism, trafficking and the need to get dirty to win such wars. Emily Blunt as the moral compass of the first film did not return. The sequel looks almost as great and the mood is quite similar anyhow. In the end, the plot falls a bit short, but still makes for some grim entertainment. wonderfully tense situations and a couple of surprises.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2018
    An irregular sequel that pales in comparison to the excellent first film, especially as it betrays the motivations of the characters (which make little sense here) and becomes too implausible in the end, even if its nihilism still works thanks to the strong performances from the two leads.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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