Denis Villeneuve Sicario wasn’t exactly overwhelmed by the franchise’s potential, even though it was a hugely acclaimed and relentlessly atmospheric crime thriller that performed well with critics and audiences alike before enjoying the glory of the season. rewards.
Led by a magnetic trio of performances from star Emily Blunt, Josh brolin and Benicio del Toro, Villeneuve’s sleek directing and tense scripts by Taylor Sheridan grossed nearly $ 85 million at the box office on a $ 35 million budget, three Oscar nominations, and widespread praise for his Flawless action sequences and its heavy thematic subtext.
Blunt never showed any interest in returning to the world of Sicario, but Brolin and del Toro were more than just playing, with Stefano Sollima stepping in to replace Villeneuve behind the camera for Soldado Day. It’s not a patch to the original and offers a lot of similarity, but it was more than enough to appeal to those who enjoyed the first outing of the two grizzled actors like CIA operatives Matt Graver and Alejandro Gillick.
Critical and commercial performance was a little lower than Sicario, but not by much, although that was to be expected when he was retreading much of the same terrain, all the way to Sollima replicating the Villeneuve aesthetic to a tee-shirt. Like many mid-budget action thrillers before it, Sicario: Day of the Soldado has now seen a new wave of popularity on Netflix, having jumped over 20 spots on the list of most viewed movies to rank eighth among subscribers around the world today. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre, even though it can’t reach the same heights as the original.