Denis Villeneuve‘s Sicario was a brooding and atmospheric revenge tale that took its sweet time and it worked, because it was a visual treat and an actor’s dream. Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin gave some strong performances, as well as the always likable Emily Blunt.
Lionsgate must have dug the film enough, because it is now a “saga”. Sicario 2: Soldado has dropped Blunt and Villeneuve and his trusted DP Roger Deakins, but retained Del Toro and Brolin and writer Taylor Sheridan, while also picking up director Stefano Sollima.
This sequel looks to be expanding the storyline and pumping up the action, which isn’t always a bad thing. I dug Sicario, but I didn’t love it — despite the technical beauty of the filmmaking and the performances. I thought the story dragged on just a tad too much, but I still appreciated it.
I’m hoping that the sequel’s added action and story can hopefully make up for the loss of talent from the crew and cast that decided not to return.
Check out the first trailer and let me know if you are excited for Sicario 2: Soldado, which opens in theaters next June.