When they first announced a sequel to Denis Villeneuve's Sicario, we were nervous: even if Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan were returning for the film, moving forward without star Emily Blunt, Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins seemed questionable at best. It felt like the Rolling Stones going on tour without Mick or Keith.
Well, the first trailer for Sicario 2: Soldado just landed, and it appears we may be able to stop worrying about all that.
Now that is a goddamn trailer.
Stepping in for Villeneuve is director Stefano Sollima (Suburra), who appears to have worked very hard to capture the look and feel of the first Sicario. One might complain that this looks too beholden to the original, but I'm gonna allow it, especially since Sollima seems to have also captured that film's unflinching savagery and questionable morality. Of course we'll have to wait until the film arrives to know if he's been completely successful in that regard, but this is an encouraging start.
According to Entertainment Weekly, who debuted the trailer...
"While Sicario focused on Emily Blunt’s F.B.I. agent Kate Macer and her recruitment into this off-the-books cartel-hunting task force, the sequel sees what happens when it’s just Matt (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) operating with no oversight.
In Soldado, the drug war has escalated as the cartels have shifted to trafficking terrorists across the U.S.-Mexico border, and that’s when Matt’s bosses — including one played by Catherine Keener — ask him to intervene."
The idea of Brolin and Del Toro's characters operating with "no oversight" is as terrifying as it is exciting. We are fully onboard with this one, and will be keeping a close eye on it as we draw ever closer to Sicario 2: Soldado's June 29th arrival in theaters.
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