Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro square off again in the sequel Sicario 2: Day of the Soldano, and judging from the trailer, it looks rough.
Here’s the short synopsis: “The drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver (Brolin) re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro (Del Toro).”
The trailer, however, goes into a bit more detail – almost to the point of feeling like you’ve seen the movie. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to see it in theaters, though. Quite the contrary. The original 2015 Sicario, directed by Blader Runner 2049′s Denis Villeneuve and written by Hell or High Water’s Taylor Sheridan, is an explosive slow-burn that stuck with me for weeks. The score alone haunted me (and its composer, Jóhann Jóhannsson, sadly passed away last month). Looks like the sequel is using Jóhannsson’s foreboding score once again.
While Villeneuve has not returned as director (the reins have been handed to Italian director Stefano Sollima), Sheridan has written the sequel, so you know the chances are good it’s going to grab you. This time around it does look like things have escalated, as far as the war with the Mexican cartels. But it also seems like Del Toro’s character, the ex-lawyer turned revenge-fueled vigilante, is just as ruthless as ever – except when it comes to a young Mexican girl, the teenage daughter of infamous kingpin Carlos Reyes, who is kidnapped. Then Alejandro softens, protecting the girl who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. The film also stars Catherine Keener and Matthew Modine who seem like government baddies.
Sheridan told Collider.com about Sicario 2: “I think it’s just more severe, man. All the way around. I think the characters are more severe. I think the movie is more severe. I think it’s just much bigger. It’s just a bigger scope film. Like I said, when I saw it it was like Sicario felt like a small movie to me, even though it was a very intimate movie. I’ve always said I don’t understand why bigger movies can’t be just as intimate, if not more intimate. Why do they have to be less emotional? I think Soldado‘s a perfect example of that. I think it’s extremely emotional. I think it’s extremely tense and it deals with similar subject matters.”
Watch the trailer above!
Sicario: Day of the Soldado trailer opens in theaters on June 29.