Sicario: Day of the Soldado will be hitting theaters in just a few weeks, but before the unlikely sequel premieres, audiences will get another look at the film in a new, explosive trailer. With the movie opening near the end of next month, it’s reasonable to presume this isn’t the last trailer we’ll be seeing, but is rather the start of the inevitable marketing blitz meant to drive home the fact that this truly is the summer of Josh Brolin, who has had a major role (CGI enhanced and otherwise) in Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, two of the biggest tentpoles of the 2018 summer movie season.
While there’s little chance Day of the Soldado will reach the opening weekend numbers of either of those films — it’ll be impressive if it accrues that kind of box office in its entire run — the film does present an interesting alternative for audiences looking to take in something a little different and a whole lot darker. That much is made clear throughout the new trailer, which suggests this continuation of the bloody partnership formed by Brolin’s Matt Graver and Del Toro’s Alejandro Gillick hits something of a speed bump as the former decides it’s time to declare war on everyone.
To be honest, there isn’t a great deal of new footage in the third official trailer. That’s definitely a good thing as the second trailer more or less delivered all the major beats the film intended to hit, including Alejandro’s turning point which appears to involve a young girl named Isabela Reyes (Isabela Moner) who nearly winds up as collateral damage. The subsequent relationship that develops between her and Alejandro feels familiar from a storytelling point of view, but nevertheless is something of an unexpected turn considering how the first film ended.
Though Day of the Soldado wasn’t able to bring back Sicario director Denis Villeneuve or Emily Blunt, it did manage to bring original screenwriter Taylor Sheridan back. Sheridan has made quite a name for himself since penning the bleak drug war film, delivering critically acclaimed follow-ups like Hell or High Water and Wind River, which marked his directorial debut. Since then, Sheridan has moved on to television with the Kevin Costner-led ranch drama Yellowstone, which will premiere this summer on the Paramount Network.
While Villeneuve has become one of the most well-regarded directors at the moment, the guy brought in to replace him on the sequel, Stefano Sollima, is certainly no slouch. With dark dramas like Suburra and the Gomorrah television series under his belt, Sollima seems like the perfect fit for the violent and alienating world of Sicario.
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