Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Rated Greg’s Top 5 Least Politically Correct Movies

  1. Revenge of the Nerds
  2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  3. Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  5. London Has Fallen

What sort of deal with the devil did Taylor Sheridan make?  I’ll admit I’m not that well versed in the history of Hollywood screenwriters, but it seems like the number of people who have written four or more great films over the course of their entire career would be a short list.  Tarantino, Aaron Sorkin, the Coen Bros. come to mind, but even they take 3-4 years to develop a single project.  Sheridan’s sequel to Sicario didn’t just earn him his fourth exceptional movie, but it’s the 48 year old’s fourth in a span of FOUR years!  How the hell is that even possible?  Add that to the promising start of his TV series Yellowstone and Sheridan’s output is no less of a fluke than Steph Curry’s first MVP campaign.

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Now, with dialogue like “You wanna see this through? I’m gonna have to get…..dirty”, Taylor Sheridan isn’t going to be confused with William Shakespeare any time soon, but his films aren’t really about the dialogue.  They’re about scenery and story.  They’re about violence and the forgotten frontier.  They’re about the open road closing in on you. And they’re about the ruggedly handsome men and ruggedly pretty women that are good with a pistol.  Even to those who don’t typically clamor to see movies that feature a gun on the poster, I would recommend Sicario, Hell or High Water, and Wind River to any adult, as they represent the very peak of the thriller genre this decade.  HOWEVER, while I did like this movie very much, there’s no way in hell I’d recommend Sicario 2 to those with more gentle movie palates.

 

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a strange anomaly for the movie industry in 2018.  Frankly, I have no idea why Sony made this movie.  Was it made specifically for Rated Greg?  It certainly wasn’t made to make money or else they wouldn’t have freakin named it Sicario: Day of the Soldado.  For a movie dependent on word of mouth, that’s quite the mouthful.  On top of that, you rarely if never see a sequel greenlit for a movie that made less than $100 million.  Even if Sicario made a billion dollars in my heart, it only made $47M in the actual US box office.

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Despite the original’s three Oscar nominations in 2016, Sony didn’t make this movie to win awards either, because Sicario 2 is among the most culturally reckless pieces of work I’ve ever seen.  I mean, just look at the fucking poster lol.

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Emily Blunt’s character from the original is gone, along with any semblance of a moral compass.  What was a subtle thriller with two great action scenes is now a full fledged, firing on all cylinders roller coaster.  Usually a film becomes politically incorrect many years down the road, but this….and I have to hand it to them…..this action movie which TAKES PLACE ON THE MEXICO BORDER is a completely unapologetic work of fiction, with no regard for problematic messages it might portray to viewers, abroad and domestic, susceptible to cinematic influence.  It’s so barren of ideals that it’s honestly hard to figure out who you’re supposed to be rooting for.

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I actually think Sony deserves some credit for releasing this movie and putting themselves at risk for any PC backlash.  This is the same company after all that was completely exposed by the North Korea hack and they don’t exactly have the public goodwill that Disney holds.  If a harmless movie like La La Land can receive mounds of shit from outrage culture, just imagine what they could do to this.

Would I be surprised if viewers find the portrayal of the American government or Mexican population offensive in Sicario 2?  Absolutely not.  Most level-headed adults SHOULD wince a little during certain exchanges, but goddamnit if this isn’t a REALLY well made action movie.  The Day of the Soldado is definitely a cloudy one, but I do genuinely believe from a filmmaking perspective this is the best movie of the year thus far (even if it’s not as good as the original).  And personally, I’m way more offended by the Mamma Mia 2 trailer anyways.  Grade: A+

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