‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

Variety | 6/22/2018 | Ellis Clopton
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Early reviews are coming in for “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 crime thriller about a secret border drug war between the United States government and Mexican cartel. According to critics, Stefano Sollima’s “Day of the Soldado” ramps up the violence and tension as well as provides memorable performances from Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin and proves itself to be a brutal-but-worthy entry in a new series of gritty modern western films, notching a 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes so far.

The first “Sicario” holds a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and received three Academy Award nominations.

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Variety’s Peter Debruge described “Day of the Soldado” as topical, given the recent controversies regarding the Trump administration’s border policies, but it’s not as though the film that will settle the debate surrounding the issue, saying, “Tense, tough, and shockingly ruthless at times, ‘Soldado’ doesn’t show much interest in the individuals who dream of a better life in the United States, any more than ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ cared about the victims of the My Lai Massacre. Rather, ‘Soldado’ is a grim, serious-minded look at what America can do to disrupt this system — one that’s much too smart to think that a border wall will solve anything, but downright risible in its own might-makes-right politics, which reduce to a single, terse catchphrase: ‘No rules this time.'”

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Film Review: 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado'

Debruge further complimented on screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s “mastery” of the modern western, and praised Brolin’s return, saying, “he reveals the conscience beneath this unflinching samurai’s thick leather hide — which is the last thing you’d expect to find when ‘Soldado’ reintroduces him interrogating a Somali pirate, something he does with a cruelty that...
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