Not sure how I feel about this.
Sicario turned out to be one of my favorite movies from last year. The complexity and moral ambiguity it highlighted of the drug war, plus the fascinating character we got from Benecio Del Toro all added up to a fantastic film. It most definitely did not need a sequel. But, Hollywood gonna Hollywood. A sequel was announced before the film even released, and following with the news that Sicario’s lead, Emily Blunt, would not be returning.
I was already pretty cold to the idea of a sequel. But just when I was getting used to the idea, they go and turn it into a trilogy.
Stefano Sollima, the director of the sequel (titled Soldado),recently sat down with The Independent to discuss the future of the Sicario franchise. The fact that it’s a franchise now seems so weird to me, but that’s beside the point. Here’s what Sollima had to say:
“It’s not a real sequel. It’s absolutely a standalone movie – a completely different story with just two of the characters that you met in Sicario.
The idea is to make three anthology movies with some of the core actors and in the same world. The reason that I love [Soldado] is because it’s not exactly a sequel; it’s something you can catch and enjoy even if you haven’t watched the first one.”
“I loved Sicario. I feel the movie was quite similar to my approach so, to me, I’m just shooting another movie. Soldado will be much more cinematic than Sicario was; it’s got an incredible amount of huge action sequences in there. It will be a different journey in the same world. Even the theme is different – it’s not drug dealing, it’s more on immigration.”
You figure, they kind of had to go in that direction since they lost their main star. While I’m sure the end product will turn out fine, it’ll be hard to match the quality of the first film. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for this to exist outside of the Sicario being a success. The sequel will no doubt focus on Del Toro’s ambiguous and mysterious character, and everyone knows giving the focus and taking away the mystery of a side/supporting character always works out well.
The fact that there will be grander focus on action worries me as well. The action was not what made Sicario a great film, and turning Sicario into an action franchise seems like a disingenuous mandate from a movie studio. Oh well.
I’ll still go see Soldado due to my love for the first film, but as of now my expectations are pretty low. But, contrary to popular belief I have been wrong before, so we’ll see how this goes. Soldado is set to start shooting this fall, with a 2017 release date in mind.
You guys interested or nah?