Si­cario 2: SOLDADO

Out 29 oc­to­ber / Cert tbc / 122 mins

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW - Ian Freer

Fol­low 2015’s Si­cario, the se­quel — the sub­ti­tle means “hit­man” — ar­rived in cinemas like a Premier League foot­ball team stripped of its 30-a-sea­son strik­ers. Los­ing di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve, star emily Blunt, cin­e­matog­ra­pher roger Deakins and the late com­poser Jóhann Jóhanns­son, Soldado had its work cut out, but more than holds its own. the set-up is sim­ple — cool AF CIA wonk Josh Brolin and hit­man Beni­cio Del toro kid­nap the daugh­ter (Is­abela Moner) of a crime boss to spark a car­tel war — but di­rec­tor Ste­fano Sol­lima (tv’s Go­mor­rah) and screen­writer du jour tay­lor Sheri­dan pile on dy­namic ac­tion (a set-piece with a mo­tor­cade at the us bor­der is ter­rific), moral am­bi­gu­ity and plain old melan­choly, es­pe­cially when Del toro’s as­sas­sin is forced to look af­ter the young girl, beau­ti­fully played by Moner. If push came to shove, stick with Vil­leneuve’s orig­i­nal, but this is a tense, mostly grip­ping, timely fol­low-up.

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