First Reactions to Sicario: Day of the Soldado Tout Tense Thrills
“Superb”, “thrilling” and “wicked sense of tension” are all words being used to describe Sicario: Day of the Soldado. The first film in the trilogy was gripping from the opening scene. Now, the story continues and critics are hailing the film as a sequel worthy of the original.
I vividly remember convincing my friends that they needed to get out and see Sicario when it first hit theaters. Denis Villeneuve at the helm was reason enough for me to buy a ticket, but it was the gritty set pieces, haunting score, and pulsating tension that drew us in. The first scene alone was worth the trip to the theater, and the rest of the film lived up to it.
Many were hesitant when they heard rumors of a sequel to what seemed like a riveting happy accident. However, there were so many questions left hanging that made a sequel worth writing. Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) seems to be the right man for the job.
In the wave of first reactions on Twitter, Collider’s Steven Weintraub described the follow-up as “*extremely* well done.” He also notes that the male leads, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro, are “fantastic,” while IndieWire’s Anne Thompson said their characters are deepened in “unexpected ways.” Part of what made Sicario special was its tendency toward the unexpected, so it’s exciting to hear that Day of the Soldado pushes the story in new directions. The Playlist’s Gregory Ellwood wrote up exactly what I was hoping to hear, and more:
Saw Sicario: Day of the Soldado last night. It’s FANTASTIC. It’s doesn’t have the visual splendor of Villeneuve’s first film, but Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay is SUPERB. Film has unexpected heartbreaking moments and strong performances from Del Toro and Brolin. pic.twitter.com/SH5gGOQnvv
— Gregory Ellwood ? (@TheGregoryE) June 15, 2018
Heartbreaking isn’t an adjective that fans of the original film would expect from Soldado, but there you have it. Brolin and del Toro’s characters will kidnap Isabela Moner’s character, which could definitely add an emotional new layer.
Happy to report ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ is *extremely* well made and features fantastic performances from Josh Brolin and Benecio del Toro. As you might expect, Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay is excellent. Really hope the film does well so they can complete the trilogy. pic.twitter.com/hLkly137jA
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 15, 2018
Taylor Sheridan’s sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado deepens the characters played by Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro in unexpected ways. Director Stefano Sollimo delivers. June 29.
— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) June 15, 2018
It’s gooooood. Or at the very least, straight up my alley. Sollima gave me the sequel I thought I didn’t want. Wonderful storytelling economy. Wicked sense of tension throughout. Wolski goes to TOWN. Brolin/Del Toro step it up. Sheridan is a beast on the page, man. Love. It.
— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) June 15, 2018
Sicario 2 or Soldado or whatever we’re calling it is really amazing. Tense, thrilling, and surprising with solidly orchestrated set pieces and real emotion. It’s like “Clear and Present Danger” for a new generation (I mean that in a good way). And bring on part 3 (please). pic.twitter.com/wfMMlSfmEd
— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) June 15, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado smashes into theaters June 29.
Featured Image: (l to r) Josh Brolin, Jeffrey Donovan and Benicio Del Toro in SICARIO: Day of the Soldado