The first trailer has emerged for highly anticipated sequel Sicario 2: Soldado. The original movie followed Emily Blunt’s FBI agent as she’s recruited by a mysterious task force for an assignment in Mexico, where she quickly finds herself in over her head. Sicario appeared out of nowhere to become one of the most acclaimed thrillers of 2015 and featured great performances, nail-biting tension and taut direction from Denis Villeneuve (Arrival).
The movie didn’t seem to lend itself naturally to a sequel, but Sicario’s surprise success meant Soldado was greenlit shortly afterwards. Emily Blunt’s character won’t be returning – which isn’t a shock, given her nightmarish time in the original – so the sequel will instead focus on Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro’s shady CIA agents on a dangerous new mission, where they can operate under their own rules.
The first trailer for Sicario 2: Soldado has now arrived, and it already appears much bigger in scale than the original. Brolin previously called Soldado a bigger, “more severe” movie than the original, and by all accounts the story this time around will be even darker. Sadly Villeneuve was too busy with Blade Runner 2049 to return for the sequel, so the director’s chair was passed to Stefano Sollima. Acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins was also too busy to return, but Soldado still has some striking imagery much like the first one.
It will be interesting to see how Sicario 2 will work without Blunt’s naïve FBI agent acting as the audience guide. That said, del Toro’s mysterious assassin was a big reason the original worked, and the sequel will apparently focus on the moral dilemmas he’ll face as the war on the cartel’s increase. Given his actions in Sicario, he’s clearly not afraid to get his hands dirty.
Sicario appears to have spawned something of an unlikely franchise too, and plans are already underway for a third movie if Soldado is a success. The new movie will be setting itself up as more of a standalone tale than a direct sequel, which is the blueprint future movies will follow. It would certainly be nice to have an action franchise that tackles dark subject matter in an intelligent way, and the success of the original Sicario proves there’s an audience for thrillers will a bit of a brain. Whether they return for the sequel is another question, but Sicario 2: Soldado promises to be a worthy successor.
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