Watch the intense first trailer for Sicario sequel Soldado

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Just because you do something amazing once, doesn’t mean you have to try and do it again. This is a lesson that Hollywood is seemingly very stubborn to learn, much to the benefit of E-tv and its regular Friday night lineup of terrible movie sequels. Whether we’re in for another follow-up failure with Soldado, the upcoming sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 thriller masterpiece Sicario, is still up for debate but at least we have the first trailer to help us get an idea of what to expect.

In Sicario 2: Soldado, the drug war on the US – Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) reteams with the mercurial Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro).

Modern master Villeneuve is not back behind the camera for this sequel, and nor is Emily Blunt’s Kate Mercer back in front of it. Said camera is also not being operated this time around by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins. Those are huge omissions indeed. However, critically acclaimed scribe Taylor Sheridan is back to scripting this entry, and Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro’s Matt Graver and Alejandro Gillick, the first film’s most intriguing characters, are taking centre stage this time around. Add in acclaimed cinematographer Dariusz Wolski as a replacement for Deakins, and that’s still a potent combo of talent.

This trailer also seems to hint at an intense and hard-hitting thriller, but to me it appears to just be lacking a splash of some of that jaw-dropping vision the first one boasted. That’s more than likely down to director Stefano Sollima, who has the tough job of filling Villeneuve’s incredibly large shoes, despite the fact that he’s a bit untested having never helmed anything of this size. And that’s really the nagging issue here. Sicario was as brilliant as it was because of Villeneuve’s directing which kept a ridiculous amount of tension up for its entire running time, building suspense as much as it built a mystery, and making it all look gorgeous in the process. Can Sollima pull off the same?

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We’ll have to wait until 29 June 2018 to find out the answer to that question.

Last Updated: December 19, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Hammersteyn

    0:05, screen says watch the trailer now. Well, shit, I mean trying to.

  • Hammersteyn

    Denis Villeneuve is on fire at the moment, I bet he could save the Transformers franchise!

  • Magu
    • Hammersteyn

      The gif implies we talk about strafe jumping? Where did it start for you? For me it was Quake 2.

      • Magu

        WARFRAME

        • Hammersteyn

          Okay, let’s talk WARFRAME. So the Dawning event started in Destiny and they added a nice touch where the leave piles of snowballs on the ground. You can toss it at friends or enemies for massive damage, it’s almost like a grenade that goes off……. oh wait, I messed it up.

          • Lord Chaos

            Sod off, you can go talk in yesterday’s article 😛

          • Admiral Chief Silver Dragon

            Yes, Warframe, I’ll bet that I can LEARN how to shoot with controller, and get WF up and running with NEW account and surpass you, before the end of the year

          • Original Heretic

            Thought old dogs couldn’t learn new tricks?

          • Lord Chaos

            He just pretends to know what he’s doing.

          • Original Heretic

            That’s always a good start. Pretend enough and at some point competence kicks in.

          • Hammersteyn

            But that’s only because you know how the game works.

    • Lord Chaos

      Weeeeeeee

  • Hammersteyn

    This part! I mean he clearly misses a few shots but DAMN!
    https://media.giphy.com/media/l0HU92EBLjNeuO1Qk/giphy.gif

    • Original Heretic

      I’d be surprised if ANY of those shots hit. That barrel is all over the place.

      • Hammersteyn

        The guy he’s shooting is rather heavy set so at that range I’d wager at least one bullet grazes him. 😛

    • He always looks like he’s just snorted a bag of coana!

  • Original Heretic

    Why does Benicio del Toro always look like he’s skipped sleep for a year?

    • Hammersteyn

      Maybe because he’s 50? I’m not 40 yet but I look like Droopy most of the time.

      • Original Heretic

        I, too, have some eye luggage, but damn, Benicio takes it to a whole new level.

    • Admiral Chief Silver Dragon

      Because he is moonlighting as a bullfighter

  • gonna be difficult!

  • WickedMONK3Y

    OMFG its the guy from STAR WARS !!!!! 😛

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