Sicario: Day of the Soldado ★★★

I massively underestimated just how much I'd miss Emily Blunt. Her character as a focal point allowed the previous film to be so much more than just an anti-hero supercop revenge thriller, and losing her here made it feel like a follow up to a conspiracy movie where the conspirators are the main characters all of a sudden.

The absence of the character (and the absence of Villeneuve) also significantly reduces the element of horror and dread, to the point where the Jóhann Jóhannsson themes (repurposed here by Hildur Guðnadóttir) feel weirdly atonal at times.

There are strong performances and some extremely well executed action moments here, but overall it's a massive step down from what came before.

See Also:
Elite Squad, Sicario, Extraction

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