Do Some Damage podcast I cover Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the unlikely sequel to the unwieldy would-be 2015 blockbuster, Sicario. Like many people I know I had mixed reactions to the first film which had undeniably great cinematography and sound design and editing and a swell cast working with good dialogue from a script that...
What the fuck exactly did that script think it was doing?
It was advertised as an issue-movie; a serious dramatic examination of the war on violence and corruption of big narco business inching its way under the panty-line of the all-mighty, innocent complicity of American (I mean US) policy, but instead delivered a thriller that also worked as a horror film of tooth-grindingly effective suspense sequences only to be hi-jacked in the final act by a long-lost macho revenge pulp of yore.
Later, when the operation goes pear-shaped and Brolin bro Benicio Del Toro is out on his own with the abducted girl, the word comes down to abort and wipe it all down - kill Del Toro and the girl and cover up anything that could lead back to US involvement in her disappearance.
And understanding their utter insignificance in the big picture and slavish attitudes toward their empirical vocations, the two stoically agree to become enemies.
And all of that I've no problem with. I don't need morally admirable characters to follow in order to be entertained and invested. I really appreciate in fact the treatment of the US government as just one more gang set against the others in a power struggle. It's just a gangster movie set on an international scale and I'm down for that.
Where Sicario didn't scream first in a franchise Day of the Soldado ends in a clear we're not finished with these characters epilogue and... I'd be happy to see more if we can keep any idea of good guys and heroes out of it. I mean, these are sharp-looking war/gangster pictures with good casts and no shortage of real events to challenge the fictional antics of our mercenary characters.
This week on Do Some Damage I suggest you check out the other films made by three very talented directors just prior to them working from Sheridan scripts.
Enemy is available to rent or buy on Amazon.
Starred Up is available to rent on Amazon.
Suburra is available to stream on Netflix.