REVIEW: Sicario 2 almost improves on flawless predecessor

In formidable, brooding fashion, this tense follow-up to 2015 cartel smash Sicario is almost as good as the original.

In fact, in many ways, it surpasses the ambitious original, making it one of my favourite movies so far of 2018.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado continues the theme of a war on drugs, and uses tension on the U.S.-Mexico border to take a hard look at human trafficking.

This is a film of dirty deeds, double-crossing and multiple moral dilemmas, and not one character in the film is ever totally redeemed.

That said, Josh Brolin can now stand tall as the king of the 2018 summer. He starred in Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2.

Now he takes a gruff turn as he reprises his role as federal agent Matt Graver.

He’s only bested in the film by Benicio Del Toro, also returning from the original, who is a man on the hunt for revenge. He is perhaps the best he’s been since his 2000 Oscar win for another drug film, Traffic.

Katherine Keener and Tate Donovan both give similarly strong performance, with Isabela Moner and Elijah Rodriguez showing an aptitude for the craft at a young age.

It’s nail-biting, brutal, and intense, but perhaps has a bit more finesse than the original. However, the film suffers a bit from the absence of Sicario’s original central character, played by Emily Blunt.

However, if you’re not averse to some violence, Sicario: Day of the Soldado is going to be the best entertainment for mature audiences out for a long time.

4.5/5 Stars

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