Si­cario 2: Soldado (15)

The Galloway News - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

Though the orig­i­nal’s di­rec­tor (De­nis Vil­leneuve) and lead­ing lady (Emily Blunt) have de­parted, Beni­cio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are back.

While in­evitably com­ing up short on its out­stand­ing pre­de­ces­sor, this is a se­quel that not only jus­ti­fies its ex­is­tence but works ex­tremely well in its own right.

Ev­ery face-to-face dis­cus­sion or con­fronta­tion is drip­ping with anger, sar­casm or dread; this is re­al­is­tic – and es­sen­tial – modern sto­ry­telling.

Del Toro was ar­guably the best per­former in the first flick and steals the show once again. This fol­low-up is lack­ing the late Jóhann Jóhanns­son’s mas­ter­ful score, though, as Hil­dur Guð­nadót­tir’s mu­sic doesn’t regis­ter the same pulse-rac­ing dread.

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