The first Sicario was part of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s excellent American frontier trilogy, that included Hell Or High Water and Wind River. Modern Westerns confronting the notions of civilization and how it’s failed the people it governs.
In Sicario 2: Day Of The Soldado, a suicide attack happens on American soil and it’s believed that Mexican cartels have smuggled the terrorists across the US southern border. The Department Of Defense retaliates by hatching a plan to start a war between rival cartels south of the border. Once again, black ops, Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro) and CIA Special Activities Division officer Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) are reunited to do the deed. To sew the seeds, a lawyer from one cartel is assassinated, followed by the kidnapping of the daughter from another. Very soon, things start to go horribly wrong.
Sequels can be a tough sell, but Sicario 2 is a worthy successor. It’s a tough, grim, dynamic thriller. If you like to run and gun, it delivers. It has been hinted that Sicario 2 could be the start of another trilogy.