Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Film Club Review

sicarioIn the sequel to the 2015 film Sicario, we once again find ourselves on the U.S-Mexico border, amidst the ever escalating war between cartels and federal agents.

Title: Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Genre: Action
Classification: MA15+
Director: Stefano Sollima

The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.
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In general, did people enjoy this film?

Once again a bit of a hit and miss film. Some enjoyed it simply for it’s action-packed nature and Sicario-esque storyline. But, as is the case with most sequels Day of the Soldado falls short of it’s predecessor. While the story, and certainly the action, is maintained there is a sense of weight and impact missing that was so present in the 2015 film – and considering how much we all enjoyed the first one, our high hopes were possibly misplaced going into the watch this week. Sicario certainly wasn’t crying out for a sequel, but where there’s money to be made you can bet that Hollywood will be making it, and with an ending like that it seems even a third is on it’s way. This film is almost best watched independently, and not with reference to the first.

What did they like / not like about it?

A very watchable, riveting film.  Action and brutality is relentless but pivotal to the unfolding drama and story line.  The acting is convincing and actors well cast  – would’ve been good to have kept Emily Blunt.  Children separated from their mothers seems to be a theme throughout the film.  Fire power always wins and we see some serious weaponry.  Sad that life seems so cheap and dispensable simply for a few dollars more. – Eddy

I was quite a fan of the first movie so I also enjoyed this sequel. However it tended to repeat certain aspects that the first was so well known for, so it felt a bit unoriginal in a way. There were times that I thought someone would be walking into a trap and low and behold it was, which made me begin to really second guess the abilities of the lead character who’s supposed to super smart and super tough, which isn’t really a good thing for the audience. - Lukas

I really enjoyed the first film in this series. However Day of the Soldado failed to maintain my interest. It seemed as though they were trying to live up to popularity of the first one and fell short. The violence felt gratuitous, the characters not well fleshed out and the story line scrambled. It definitely had potential, and perhaps if you’re into full on action you might enjoy it, but it was a little too surface level to keep be intrigued. Mali

Benicio reminded me of my father. Mexican accents were spot on too. - Rod

Keywords used to describe this movie:

Gratuitous. Action. Violence. Shallow. Relentless. Heavy. Intensity. Brutal. Dirty. Repetitive. Dangerous. Low-stakes.

Would people recommend it to a friend?

If they’re a fan of full on action.

Average rating:
A five-star rating

 

 

 

What did you think of Sicario: Day of the Soldado? We’d love to hear your thoughts! And make sure you stay up to date with the films so you can join in the conversation next fortnight.

 

 

And the next film is…

Title: ThoroughbredsSDC_2387845_2018-29-8--00-15-09
Genre: Drama
Classification: M
Director: Cory Finley

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.