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Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

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The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.

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Stefano Sollima

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Taylor Sheridan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benicio Del Toro ... Alejandro
Josh Brolin ... Matt Graver
Isabela Moner ... Isabel Reyes
Jeffrey Donovan ... Steve Forsing
Catherine Keener ... Cynthia Foards
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo ... Gallo
Matthew Modine ... James Riley
Shea Whigham ... Andy Wheeldon
Elijah Rodriguez ... Miguel Hernandez
Howard Ferguson Jr. ... Troy
David Castañeda ... Hector
Jacqueline Torres ... Blandina
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Rafael
Bruno Bichir ... Angel
Jake Picking ... Shawn
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Storyline

In this adventure/drama, FBI agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) enlists a mysterious operative to help investigate a Mexican drug cartel that has been smuggling terrorists into the U.S. Things escalate when the daughter of a top kingpin is abducted, forcing Graver and his partner to re-evaluate their mission. Written by ahmetkozan

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Witness the next chapter of the Sicario saga. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sicario 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,007,566, 1 July 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,072,235, 20 September 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,822,468, 16 August 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second installment (after Sicario (2015)) in a proposed trilogy. See more »

Goofs

Part of the film is set in McAllen, Texas, a city near the US-Mexico border. The film shows several scenes where the background shows either mountains or hills near the border. The actual McAllen, Texas is located in the southern tip of Texas, where there are NO mountains or hills, since it's a flat country near the Gulf of Mexico. See more »

Quotes

Andy Wheeldon: What do you need?
Matt Graver: Everything. Drones with attack capability... You have Blackhawks, right?
Andy Wheeldon: Mm-hmm.
Matt Graver: I want two of those. I need logistics, communications equipment compatible with a SOCOM JCU. First phase, I need a strike team, two snipers,I need a demolition team...
Andy Wheeldon: Are you going to Ukraine? I got Russians on the payroll, brother. Don't put me in that position. Where's the coup?
Matt Graver: It's an extraction... for starters.
Andy Wheeldon: How much can I know?
Matt Graver: Brother, you don't want to know.
Andy Wheeldon: Well, I don't need ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

There's a dedication part-way though the end credits: "In loving memory of Jóhann Jóhannsson" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Sicario: Day of the Solado (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Bandido de Amores
Written by Joan Sebastian (as José Manuel Figueroa Figueroa)
Performed by Jonatan Sanchez
Courtesy of 2015 Gerencia 360 Music, Inc.
By arrangement with Sony Music Latin Licensing
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A riveting and challenging sequel.
1 July 2018 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

2018 will henceforth be known as the Year of the Brolin. First was the indomitable Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, then the badass antihero Cable in Deadpool 2, and now Josh Brolin returns to his morally shady CIA operative Matt Graver in the follow-up to 2015 masterpiece Sicario. Continuing the war on drugs using any and all methods available, while smashing ethical and legal boundaries every step of the way, Graver and his team (including Benicio del Toro's scene-stealing hitman Alejandro) kidnap the daughter of a drug kingpin in the hope of starting a Cartel war. Less of a direct sequel and more of a new chapter with familiar faces, filmmaker Stefano Sollima and returning screenwriter Taylor Sheridan concoct a hard-hitting tale existing within the murky fog of war. Heroes and villains blur, good and bad weave in and out of each other, and right and wrong are concepts that simply add no value to understanding the dilemma. It's rare for a movie to be this intellectually and morally uncomfortable, but that's what makes it so damn riveting. Italian director Sollima steps into Denis Villenueve's shoes without missing a beat, allowing the dread to simmer underneath the surface and the tension to build to unbearable levels through meticulous pacing and unnervingly long shots. Yet when it explodes, it does so with gritty aplomb. The set pieces are crafted with a tough and uncompromising realism, the businesslike choreography and thundering sound design reminiscent of Michael Mann's classic Heat. Taking over from composer Johann Johannsson (who sadly passed away earlier this year), Hildur Guðnadóttir delivers an atmospheric score that not only supplements proceedings but imbues it with next-level suspense and heft. A powerhouse leading duo, expert direction and a provocatively complex narrative, Sicario: Day of the Soldado is an action-thriller firing on all cylinders.


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