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Snap-review - sicario: day of the soldado
as far as unnecessary sequels go, this one's not bad. it doesn't meet the peaks of its predecessor, but with a solid screenplay from sheridan and badass performances from brolin and benicio, it gets some mileage and a semblance of a justification for existing.
this thing really comes together in its third act; up until then i didn't really have any feelings about the film. soldado has a lot of pieces it wants to get into place to reach a particular point in the story, and the convoluted and inefficient plan the characters implement to achieve their goal could be more streamlined for the plot to go where sheridan clearly wants it to a lot sooner. the film cuts away at the point in the story that i was most excited to see play out, and sheridan really could have taken the story there if he had trimmed the first two acts down a lot more.
once it does get all of its pieces in place things move forward at a very good pace, and director stefano sollima manages to hone the tension that denis villeneuve filled the first film with. dp dariusz wolski manages to hone the tone, palette, framing and movement of roger deakins' outstanding cinematography, bringing visual consistency between the two films as well as getting in his fair share of brilliant shots. sheridan as always delivers excellent dialogue. benicio del toro's alejandro is an absolute beast and it's great to watch a master like del toro do his thing.
the thing that really sells soldado is its atmosphere, capturing the desolation of the landscape. though again, this atmosphere really only envelops the film in its latter half.
like i said, soldado's final 30 minutes is fantastic, it's just a shame that the film only gets to this stage in its third act. ⋆⋆⋆