Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2/3 Hats)

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Austinn Says Hats Off:

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’: Hard Day at Work, Alejandro? (8/10)

The score starts off with a version of the theme from the last Sicario, and versions of it are played throughout the film; the score overall is really great. This movie does not waste time getting into the brutality of terrorism and the effects it has on people. The sound editing, cinematography, and score are all well utilized to create a very bleak and hopeless story. Benicio Del Toro is fantastic and much like in the first Sicario, his story and his struggles are what carry the film. There are a lot of intense sequences and unexpected turns which help set this movie apart from your average thriller. #beyondtheGraver #savedbytheIsabel #shotinthedark #cartelmeaboutit #daughterswithoutborders


Kelvin Says Hats On:

Just saw “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” – A Spar is Born. Conclusion: 6/10. As a semi-sequel to “Sicario,” released in 2015, “Day of Soldado” had much to live up to, but I’d argue it was playing without its biggest bat in the lineup. Part of what made the first movie so poignant and thoughtful was the moral complexity of the story. Much of that complexity was drawn through the contrast between Emily Blunt and Benecio Del Toro’s characters. It’s satisfying artistic elements aside, there was much substance to be found. Unfortunately, I think this second iteration is much more of a generic thriller, only with the deck chairs rearranged. Josh Brolin, also reprising his role from the first movie, joins back up with Del Toro to try and disrupt the Mexican cartels. The plot kind of gets hung out to dry the more the movie progresses and by the end it hardly feels like the same movie narratively. Without Blunt’s character, the lack of any moral examination of the characters or their actions and intentions is notable in its absence. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan had been on somewhat of a role to start his career. I was a big fan – all were 9/10 or better, for me – of the first three movies he wrote: “Sicario,” “Hell or High Water,” and his directorial debut “Wind River.” Not a disaster or stain by any stretch, but “Day of the Soldado” leaves much to be desired when compared with those works. #AnotherDayOfSoldado #BoarderOfOperations #CartelOrHighWater #DaughterBoarding #DrugOfWar


Adam Says Hats Off:

Saw, Sicario 2: El Hojalatero, Sastre, Soldado, Espiar

Rating as follows:

Total: 8.1/10
Cinematography (1.7): 1.5
Overall Acting (1.6): 1.4
Writing (1.5): 1.1
Cohesion of Story (1.2): 1.0
Score/Sound Mixing (1.1): 0.9
Best Category – Acting (1.0): 0.9
Depth of Plot (1.0): 0.8
Character Development (0.5): 0.3
Overall Message (0.4): 0.2

I was really pumped for this movie, and it didnt disappoint (maybe once). The first Sicario was pretty darn good and expectations were high for this film. There were a lot of changes to the direction of the film, the cast and the composer (RIP to our boy Johan). Despite all of that, it was still well done and very enjoyable. I loved the tension that built throughout the film, and absolutely love Benicio Del Toro’s character in this series. Can’t wait to see how they conclude his story in the third installment, assuming they stop at 3. The only disappointment for me was in the first few minutes where they portrayed an event on American soil that wasn’t necessary and quite overdone. Could have done something better there, won’t spoil it. However, it doesn’t detract from the overall quality and enjoyment of this film.

#StopPleaseJustLetMeGoAlejandro #Mexicant #BoomHeadshot #TranslateTheSubtitle

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