Sicario 2: Soldado is one of the more unlikely sequels to come out of Hollywood in recent years. Denis Villeneuve’s original 2015 film, from Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay, is this reporter’s favorite movie of that year. This sequel focuses almost exclusively on Benicio Del Toro’s mercenary character, Alejandro, who apparently (in a very sequel-ish move) has the restraints taken off.
Once you hear that familiar groan of the score here, fans of the original film will be all in:
Aside from Benicio Del Toro reprising his role, you have Josh Brolin back as his “boss,” Matt Graver. Joining them this time is Catherine Keener – excellent – and Matthew Modine, who is ripe for a late-career resurgence.
Taylor Sheridan is back with the screenplay, but Villeneuve is not directing. That task has been handed to Stefano Sollima, an unknown in the States who recently created the crime show Gomorrah. Also, Roger Deakins isn’t back as cinematographer, but Dariusz Wolski appears to be mimicking the master as well as he can.
As for this trailer, well, it looks way more over the top than the original. Hopefully it doesn’t suffer traditional sequelitis issues, i.e. excess.
Sicario 2: Soldado opens June 29, 2018. We will see how things shape up.