While the tag on the trailer underlines the fact that it’ll be seen “only on the big screen”, Sicario: Day of the Soldado kind of feels like the direct-to-video sequel to the worthier Sicario. It’s crasser, more violent, more macho (Emily Blunt’s FBI agent got the boot), and the hip hop soundtrack definitely puts it in the realm of “gritty actioner” rather than “thoughtful meditation on the drug war”.
We’re still on board, though! Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan is still the man behind the script and Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah), stepping into Denis Villenueve’s vacated director’s chair, is no slouch when it comes to mounting a somber, violent crime epic.
Lead actor Benicio del Toro promises bigger, bleaker, experience, too. Speaking to FilmInk he noted, “I think it’s more ambitious that way. It’s bigger. I think in this movie we follow two, three different stories, so it’s a little bit different than Sicario. You have different stories moving, coming together, and there’s more. The battles are bigger, grittier. I’ll tell you, it’s definitely much more ambitious than Sicario.”
Co-starring Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Catherine Keener, and Jeffrey Donovan, Sicario: Day of the Soldado is in Australian cinemas from June 28, 2018.