This week we saw Sicario 2, we loved the first film (our review) but with no Denis Villeneuve directing or Emily Blunt returning, we were not sure what to expect but John Brolin and Benicio Del Toro do return giving the film a stronger connection to the original than other sequels is on screen.
But we do not even get time to dwell on missing those as the film opens with a horrific suicide bombing within a supermarket which will prove to be a hard watch
In response to this horrific incident, the CIA agent Matt Graver (Brolin) is given permission to undertake a special mission by Cynthia Foards, (Catherine Keener) under orders from the Department of Defense, led by James Riley (Matthew Modine).
Matt is given powers to do whatever it takes to combat the Mexican drug cartels who have been found to be behind the suicide bomber.
Matt quickly hires black ops Alejandro Gillick (Del Toro) come up with an elaborate plan to kidnap Isabela (Isabela Moner) the daughter of a major drug cartel kingpin.
They first carry out the kidnapping but then in a turn of events give Isabela the perception that she has been rescued by the CIA, in order to return her to her parents when really they are using her as leverage to create a deal.
The plan looks like it will work until they are attacked by the corrupt Mexican police force, in a stand-off with many casualties, Isabela makes a run for it into the desolate wastelands.
With tensions now building between America and Mexico, Matt is ordered to abandon the mission and kill Isabela.
Matt asks Alejandro to get her and carry out the task but he refuses and turns rogue in order to keep her in his protection. He aims to get her across the border into America where it would be illegal for the CIA to execute her.
What follows is a race against time as Alejandro and Isabela go on the run where failure to secure passage across the border could see them both left for dead.
Best known for his TV work, director Stefano Sollima delivers a great action thriller which never feels quite as powerful as the original, in part to another powerful performance from Del Toro.
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