‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Is a Waste of Time

I saw Sicario and it was AMAZING!!! It was a great movie with a great story, great cast, great characters, great music, you get it, everything about it was GREAT! So when they announced that they were making a sequel I was super excited to see it. Last night I finally watched it and I couldn’t have been more disappointed.

At first the movie was going along in classic, riveting Sicario fashion but it didn’t take long to realize this wasn’t going to be the same enjoyable experience I had with the first film. The film is filled with slow dialogue that tries to be serious and intense but it only ends up succeeding providing a great nap.

I held on as long as I could but after a while the movie became tiresome to watch. Benicio del Toro’s gritty/intimidating character, Alejandro, was reduced to a babysitter who had to watch over one of the Mexican drug bosses daughter that he had kidnapped. (I won’t get into great detail because that’ll take too long.)

And while the film tried to retain the same austere atmosphere that the first one so perfectly perceived it became boring rather than riveting, which was a major shame considering that Sicario was SO good.

I fell asleep about an hour or so into the movie, I ended up waking up at the end, and from what I saw it clearly was setting up a third film but that did not make me happy. The Sicario franchise has become a money grab rather than a venue to share some quality films that are actually really good. These stories can keep going on and on because there’s plenty to tell with the drug cartel but these are now simply action films with jarring violence and sub par storylines.

My Conclusion of the Film

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It’s a shame what these movies have become and I don’t recommend you watching this if you’re not a fan of boring dialogue because this movie is jam-packed with it. Now, I will say, the writing is pretty good. There weren’t any scenes that were dreadfully dumb or unrealistic, which I appreciate. And the acting, for the most part, was good…except from the teenage girl. She could not convince me that she was terrified. It felt way too strained at moments and that’s never enjoyable to watch.

I will say there was one scene that I legitimately enjoyed in the movie. It involved Alejandro (Benicio del Toro) talking sign language to a deaf man who he needed to harbor him and the teenage girl. It was a fascinating scene that conveyed the phenomenal and unmistakable acting talent of Benicio del Toro and a bit of that riveting essence the first film had throughout its entirety.

Maybe it’s the type of movie you watch in the daytime to prevent the chances of falling asleep but a good movie will keep you awake and invested no matter what time of day it is. I’m giving this movie 82 out of a 100 and 3 out of 5 stars.

The parts of the movie I did see were decent but nowhere NEAR as good as Sicario. The music was okay but it didn’t grasp me the way the first film did. And it overall, will fade from my memory in a few months (that’s how boring it was.)

I thank you for reading my review and I hope you have a wonderful day.

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