Movie Review for #Sicario2

Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Director: Stefano Sollima
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner
MPAA Rating: R
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Hashtag: #SicarioMovie
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.
A few years ago, I did the review for the first part of this series and I enjoyed it very much. So, when I was asked to go watch the screening for the second part, I didn't hesitate. I have to say that it was an overall good movie, but it had some parts that confused me. There's a lot of stuff going on at once, but I also am hard of hearing so there were parts I missed what was being said, and that completely threw me off.

With that said, I will comment about my opinion on the movie. I did like it, it's action packed and I always enjoy watching Benicio del Toro being the amazing actor that he is. In this movie, we learn a little bit more about his past and about him as a person, for he is so mysterious in the previous movie. He is, as per usual, a badass, but a badass that gets into a bit of trouble without even realizing it. I am not going to say anything more than that.

Isabela Moner I had the pleasure of meeting her year ago while doing press tour for Transformers: The Last Knight and she also stars in this film. I have to say that I loved her acting in this movie, she plays feisty and sassy well! But she is the girl who gets kidnapped and the way she deals with the trauma is very accurate. At the end of the movie, I kept thinking "she is going to need a lot of therapy" (just getting kidnapped alone is pretty traumatizing) and wondering how she could ever deal with it all (can you tell I am a mental health therapist during the day?). My point is, Isabela did a really good job with her performance in this movie, and I hope this opens even more doors for her in the future.

Me with Isabela Moner when I met her a year ago

Josh Brolin...what can we say about this guy other than plain badass? He is funny, confident, smart, and an amazing soldier in this movie. He's also Thanos and Cable, but that's in another universe, but still pretty intimidating. His character gets put into a few pickles and he has to figure out what to do very quickly and very intelligently -and he does just that, beautifully. He too is a great actor and is the one who gives a few laughs throughout the movie.

I missed Emily Blunt, though.

This movie shows us another big issue in Mexico: the crossing of the border, and how those poor people just wanting a better life get exploited and treated, as they say in the movie, like "lambs". By that, I mean not very nicely. It's a sad reality that many of us don't know what it feels like to live that, and that you don't know how bad it is until something like this is shown to us. The focus of this part of the story is on this one kid who is about 16 years old and how he gets involved in this illegal business and how it transforms him. My favorite, though, was the very last scene of the movie.

As the synopsis of the movie says, there are some terrorists being sent over through the borders and they all have bombs. It was actually very scary seeing those scenes in which the terrorists blow everything up because of the places it happened in, how it happened, and it's plain scary. I say this because, unfortunately, these are things that are really happening in our country all the time, and it is scary to think you can be at a mall, grocery store, pharmacy, etc. and that all of a sudden, some idiot decides they have more rights over our lives than us and blows the place up. Not going to lie, I was starting to get anxiety while watching this movie.

Despite that, it is actually a good movie with an adequate amount of action, talking, and events happening. You do have to pay attention to a lot of the details because they are all important to the plot...Makes you wonder if there will be a continuation of the storyline...

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