In the sequel to the 2015 film, CIA operative Matt Graver (Brolin) hires revenge assassin Alejandro Gillick (del Toro) after drug cartels start smuggling terrorists across the U.S.-Mexico border. Their goal? To pit the cartels against each other.
“You’re gonna help us start a war,” Graver tells Alejandro. “With who?” he asks. “Everyone. No rules this time,” Graver replies.
That war involves kidnapping Isabela Reyes (Isabela Moner), the daughter of drug kingpin Carlos Reyes. Suffice it to say, it won’t go smoothly.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Emily Blunt, the original “Sicario” was a modest hit, grossing $84.9 million worldwide. It received three Oscar nominations: Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins, Best Score for Johann Johannsson, who recently passed away, and Best Sound Editing for Alan Robert Murray.
Neither Vlleneuve nor Blunt returned for the sequel, which is penned by original writer Taylor Sheridan. The cast also includes Matthew Modine, Catherine Keener, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Jeffrey Donovan.
“Sicario: Day of the Soldado” hits theaters Friday, June 29.