Yojimbo's Movie Review of Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado

"Sicario: Day Of The Soldado" by Yojimbo
Yojimbo - wrote on 12/18/19

Following terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, Graver and his team plot to destabilise the cartels and their people traffickers by engineering a war between the various gangs.

Sicario was a smart and sophisticated examination of the “fight fire with fire” mentality of black ops operatives viewed through the eyes of an agent who rather naively still believed in due process. Dispensing with Emily Blunt’s character and instead focusing on Graver and Alejandro, the attempt at providing a moral compass is replaced with the rather contrived sentimentality of their paternalistic urge to protect a teenage girl – who happens to be the daughter of their target. This leaves a dynamic that is far more like the usual “black hats versus white hats” mentality of the Hollywood blockbuster, but with added jackboots. The action is well engineered, it’s well performed by all concerned and there’s little technically wrong with it; it just lacks the clash of ideologies and methods that made the original more interesting than the usual action movie.

Certainly better than the similar The Kingdom, but some implausibilities and contrivances of the plot – the ending in particular is unsatisfactory and unconvincing – makes it feel like just another Bourne clone.

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