Josh Brolin in Sicario

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan says that the script for Soldado makes the first movie look like a comedy. Sicario, which was helmed by acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), didn’t break box office records when it released in 2015, but its haunting representation of the United States’ War on Drugs, coupled with expert performances by the main cast — Emily Blunt (Kate Mercer), Benicio del Toro (Alejandro Gillick), and Josh Brolin (Matt Graver) — were convincing enough for the studio to commission a sequel, titled Soldado.

Although some of the main cast members — namely del Toro and Brolin — are returning for the second installment, ...

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