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SICARIO – DAY OF THE SOLDADO (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Sicario - Day of the Soldado (2018), Isabela Merced, Benicio Del Toro
Sicario – Day of the Soldado (2018), Isabela Merced, Benicio Del Toro

Sicario – Day of the Soldado, has Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro back as US Federal agent Matt Graver and hitman Alejandro. This time the drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated and the cartels have started trafficking terrorists to the states.

Now that the talented Emily Blunt, Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins and Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve are all nowhere in sight for this sequel, I wouldn’t say I was initially concerned, but rather hopeful. I mean, the trailer did look very promising indeed.

Having now watched director Stefano Sollima’s sequel, I find myself feeling relatively neutral about it. I neither hate nor love Day of the Soldado. Yet, Alejandro remains my favourite thing about both movies. For he’s at the centre of the much loved and and notable action sequences.

Sollima’s film certainly has tension. Though, for me, it’s not quite the expertly captured, bristling tension of the first movie. The musical score and cinematography weren’t bad either. I just liked both, the story and the way it was captured better in the first movie. Additionally, I wouldn’t say that I missed Blunt’s Kate Mercer, but I missed what she added to the story. She was a person I could identify with as someone very new to the very specific, highly violent world of the film.

Is Day of the Soldado still worth watching if you liked the first movie? Yes. However, I may be shocked if anyone prefers it to the first instalment. And I’d be intrigued to find out why.

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DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (2019): New trailer From Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria, Michael Peña, Benicio Del Toro…

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (2019), Michael Peña, Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold (2019), Michael Peña, Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria, Paramount Pictures

Dora And The Lost City of Gold is the latest from Michael Peña, Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria and Benicio Del Toro.

Directed by James Bobin and based on the Dora The Explorer children’s television series, a teenage Dora takes on the adventure of high school. However, Dora soon finds her self and some new school friends on a jungle adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold…

The fact that Dora is a teenager in this movie and not seven years old like in the series is an interesting change I didn’t expect.

I’m aware of Dora The Explorer but I’ve never actually watched a full episode of the TV series so I shouldn’t really be too attached to Bobin’s film. Yet, oddly enough, a part of me already misses the cuteness of seven year-old Dora. I know, I know, seven year-old Dora is a 2D animation but she’s still super cute.

AI already know that I’m going to try and fail to avoid comparing this movie to Hey, Arnold! The Jungle Movie.

Danny Trejo, Q’orianka Kilcher, Temuera Morrison, Isabela Moner, Madeleine Madden, Jeffrey Wahlberg and Christopher Kirby also star.

Dora And The Lost City of Gold Release Dates: August 2nd, 2019 (US); August 16th, 2019 (UK)…

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SICARIO 2 – SOLDADO (2018): New Trailer From Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Katherine Keener…

Sicario 2 - Soldado (2018), Josh Brolin
Sicario 2 – Soldado (2018), Josh Brolin

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Sicario – Day of the Soldado (2018).

In Sicario 2 – Soldado, instead of Denis Villneuve, the director of the sequel for one of my favourite films of 2015 – Sicario is Stefano Sollima. 

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are back to a reality where the drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. Federal agent Matt Graver (Brolin) re-teams with Alejandro (Del Toro) to fight the war…

This isn’t a bad trailer and I’m happy to have caught a glimpse of Catherine Keener but something tells me that I’m going to miss Emily Blunt’s character. I could just be thinking this because I’m used to seeing her there as my own eyes among all the unsavoury happenings…

Perhaps Keener’s character will represent the spectator this time. Either way, I hope it’s a worthy sequel.

Sicario 2 – Soldado Release Dates: June 29th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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SNATCH (2000): More Of The Witty, Fast And Clever

Brad Pitt isn’t the only big name star in Snatch (2000), Guy Ritchies follow up to Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Benicio Del Toro and Dennis Farina make two more very welcome stateside additions.

Snatch (2000), Brad Pitt, Jason Flemyng
Snatch (2000), Brad Pitt, Jason Flemyng

Snatch is a fun British gangster film with fast, witty dialogue delivered by engaging characters. To reference just three, a ‘dodgy Russian’, a loud Jewish American and a bunch of well organised Irish Gypsies. You can certainly expect plenty including clever antics, a few not so clever but very entertaining antics and some ‘healthy’ double crossing for good measure.

I’ve heard some criticise Snatch and Lock Stock for being ‘all surface and no substance‘. That may be true to a degree, but sometimes surface is exactly what you need for your movie fix. What I can pretty much promise you about Snatch is this, you won’t feel anywhere near as cheated as you probably did after watching the last two instalments of the Hangover (2009) trilogy. Believe me!

Snatch (2000), Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Stephen Graham
Snatch (2000), Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Stephen Graham

Watch Snatch if only to see Brad Pitt’s interpretation of a version of the Irish accent and Benicio Del Toro being brilliant and as effortlessly cool as always.

Did I already say that the last 20 minutes is super? No? Well, ‘The last 20 minutes in super‘.

Happy ‘surface and no substance’ Film Loving