Day of Soldado - the Redbox-ready follow-up to Denis Villeneuve's 2015 drug war horror procedural Sicario - is the sequel nobody asked for. Yet after the latest trailer (which introduces a whole lot of plot and violence along with a new moniker) makes it look like the Den of Thieves of Sicaro sequels. Considering the fact that Den of Thieves is still one of my favorite films of 2018, I'm already checking when I can pre-order tickets.
Sure, there's a bunch of exposition here about Benicio del Toro's lawyer-turned-assassin Alejandro being recruited by Josh Brolin's shady Black Ops government man to "start a war" in Mexico with, well, everybody. And I guess there's going to be a whole Paper Moon narrative turn where Alejandro has to protect a drug kingpin's daughter (Isabela Moner) who becomes a witness to all this madness. But look at all that gratuitous violence! How many rocket blasts can they fit into one spot?
Enough of my nonsense. See it for yourself here:
Directed by Gomorrah's Stefano Sollima (what a good, strong Italian exploitation director name), and written by Taylor Sheridan (who penned the original, plus Hell or High Water and Wind River), you have a hell of a team bringing us this New Wave Cannon Group nuttiness. Toss in a supporting cast that includes Catherine Keener and Matthew Modine, and I am all in for this picture.
Start counting the days until June 29th, when we can all get bloody with Day of Soldado.