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Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)



Critic Consensus: Though less subversive than its predecessor, Sicario: Day of the Soldado succeeds as a stylish, dynamic thriller -- even if its amoral machismo makes for grim viewing.

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In Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the series begins a new chapter. In the drug war, there are no rules--and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways. Alejandro kidnaps the kingpin's daughter to inflame the conflict--but when the girl is seen as collateral damage, her fate will come between the two men as they question everything they are fighting for.

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Benicio Del Toro
as Alejandro Gillick
Josh Brolin
as Matt Graver
Isabela Merced
as Isabel Reyes
Jeffrey Donovan
as Steve Forsing
Catherine Keener
as Cynthia Foards
Matthew Modine
as James Riley
Shea Whigham
as Andy Wheeldon
Ian Bohen
as Carson Wright
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Critic Reviews for Sicario: Day of the Soldado

All Critics (281) | Top Critics (52)

A hard-charging sequel that's equal parts anti-immigrant hysteria and gun-death porn.

March 4, 2020 | Full Review…

It's engrossing in a very direct action way... [But] there are enough hot button issues floating around in this movie that I was hoping for something more than just a glorified "blow things up real big" action [movie].

December 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Benicio Del Toro is incredible, the story is gripping, it is different then the first film.

March 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Every moment of Sicario: Day of the Soldado is soaked in an unilluminating and easy cynicism.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

'Day of the Soldado' would be hard to stomach at any time. It feels particularly worthless now.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Without a humanizing element like Blunt's character, this whole grim affair is just a race to the bottom in which everyone loses.

July 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sicario: Day of the Soldado

An intense and gritty crime drama, Sicario: Day of the Soldado tackles some very topical and complicated issues. When the Mexican cartels are suspected of smuggling several terrorists over the US-Mexico borer a paramilitary group is assembled to start a cartel war by kidnapping one of the leader's daughters, but when the op goes bad everything changes. Starring Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Catherine Keener, and Jeffery Donavan, the film has solid cast. And, the fight choreography is quite impressive and action-packed. Additionally, the script does a good job at showing the complexities and moral grayness involved in the border war: cartels, terrorism, human trafficking. Sicario: Day of the Soldado is little different than the original, but it's still incredibly compelling and provocative.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Not as memorable or as unique as the first installment in the trilogy, but as a stand-alone summer shooter it does more than enough to satisfy your appetite for action sequences.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer


The sequel to the grim thriller offers more of the same: a realistic and violent look at terrorism, trafficking and the need to get dirty to win such wars. Emily Blunt as the moral compass of the first film did not return. The sequel looks almost as great and the mood is quite similar anyhow. In the end, the plot falls a bit short, but still makes for some grim entertainment. wonderfully tense situations and a couple of surprises.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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