Sicario: Day of the Soldado | Chicago Reader

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Denis Villeneuve's white-hot drug thriller Sicario (2015), about FBI agents carrying out rogue operations against Mexican drug cartels, gets a hard-charging sequel that's equal parts anti-immigrant hysteria and gun-death porn. Returning screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) opens with a Fox News fantasy in which jihadists sneak over the U.S.-Mexico border and stage a bombing attack on a big-box store. From the original movie, Emily Blunt has bailed out, but jacked-up Josh Brolin and so-sad Benicio Del Toro are back, as agents sent by commander Catherine Keener to foment a war between rival cartels so the feds can divide and conquer. Their escapades, involving the kidnap of a drug lord's snotty 16-year-old daughter, result in numerous heads spraying across walls and windshields; director Stefano Solima has a real eye for this stuff, and Columbia Pictures should consider excerpting slow-motion footage for gallery installations.

Credits

Director:

  • Stefano Sollima

Cast:

  • Benicio Del Toro
  • Josh Brolin
  • Isabela Moner
  • Jeffrey Donovan
  • Catherine Keener
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
  • Matthew Modine
  • Shea Whigham
  • Elijah Rodriguez
  • Howard Ferguson Jr.
  • David CastaƱeda
  • Jacqueline Torres
  • Raoul Trujillo
  • Bruno Bichir
  • Jake Picking
  • Tenzin Marco-Taylor
  • Alfredo Quiroz
  • Nick Shakoour

Producers:

  • Basil Iwanyk
  • Edward McDonnell
  • Molly Smith
  • Thad Luckinbill
  • Trent Luckinbill
  • Ellen Schwartz
  • Richard Middleton
  • Erica Lee

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