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Sicario: Day of the Soldado | 2018 | R | - 1.8.8

Sequel to the 2015 thriller Sicario: After declaring Mexican drug cartels terrorists, the US government enlists the help of a team of agents to start a war between two cartels and their plan starts with the kidnapping of the daughter of one of the kingpins. With Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Catherine Keener, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Matthew Modine. Directed by Stefano Sollima. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles and several lines are in sign language with English subtitles. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man calls out to another man that he wants to meet his cousin and makes a comment about her figure.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Several men walk into a crowded grocery store where they detonate explosive devices attached to their bodies: we see them blow up and many people around them are thrown (we see some blood on the ground and one man pulls himself along the floor with a part of his leg missing and blood on his pant leg), and a woman with her young daughter tries to walk out of the store past a bomber and he detonates the explosive just as they pass, killing all of them (we do not see the bodies and we see a video of the bombing again later with less detail.).
 Two men and a woman in a car are shot (we see blood spray on the windshield); a third man runs away from the car and is shot in one leg, and then the other (we see the bloody wounds on his legs) and he tries to drag himself away until the shooter stands over him and shoots him repeatedly (we see the body later from a distance and not much blood is shown). A man prepares to shoot another man who is bound and gagged; the gunman tells a teen boy to shoot the man and the boy takes the gun but cannot shoot so the first gunman shoots the teen (he falls dead), and then another teen takes the gun and shoots the bound man in the face (the man falls over and blood pours from the wound). A sniper shoots a man walking in the dark from a distance, and then shoots a teen boy (blood spurts from both) and several armed agents enter a building where they shoot at least five more men (blood spurts with each) and strike another man in the head with a gun butt, tie his hands and place a bag over his head before taking him away for interrogation.
 A helicopter flies over the banks of a river and shines its light on the ground to detect people running; many police and border patrol vehicles surround the people and hold them at gunpoint until one man runs to a cliff and blows himself up with an explosive (several agents are thrown but we do not see injuries). Two helicopters surround two vehicles with many men and teen boys; armed men from the helicopters shoot nearly every person in the vehicles and fly away (blood splatters on the vehicles and in the air).
 A man shoots a roof-mounted gun at a vehicle speeding behind the car he is in; a few other vehicles are blown up by RPGs and men in other vehicles open fire as a teen girl in one of the vehicles screams and cries (we see many men shot, with little evident blood), she gets out of the vehicles, hides under it and then runs away into the desert. A teen girl walking through the desert alone stops a passing vehicle and the driver gets out and grabs her; she struggles and screams and the man is shot dead (blood sprays on the car and the girl's face). A man is shot in the chest and several other men are shot dead (the man shot in the chest was wearing a vest and is OK).
 A man in a Humvee shoots a police car following them; it and two other police cars swerve to a stop. An explosion on a road causes a vehicle to overturn and another vehicle behind it stops quickly and is slammed from the back by another vehicle; gunmen exit their vehicles and shoot a couple of men, restrain two men and kidnap a teen girl (they put a bag over her head and bind her hands as she struggles and pleads with them). Three men hold guns on a man and a teen girl on a bus and the man is struck in the head twice before a bag is placed on his head and tape is wrapped around his mouth; the girl's mouth is also taped. Two men in a car shoot at another man in another car and he throws a grenade into their car that explodes and we see the car in flames. We see a video of four bodies on the ground and then of a man shooting two other men that are tied to the doors of a vehicle (we see their heads recoil from the blast).
 A lot of clotted blood and hair spills and drops from a man's head as he writhes to remove a bag from his face and free himself from binding. A man examines a bullet hole on his face and another hole in the other side of his face (we see a lot of blood and the open wounds). After a gun battle we see two men cleaning their bloody wounds and one dead man is shown with a lot of blood on a head wound. A man forces another man to watch a video of a bomb being dropped on the man's house as a man walks outside, and the first man then threatens to do the same to the rest of the other man's family members.
 Two teenage girls fight in a school courtyard; one scratches the other on the face (we see bloody scratches) and one punches the other in the face repeatedly (once while standing and a few more times while she is pinned on the ground and we see her bloody face later) until they are separated and one yells, "I'll kill you." A man climbs a ladder outside his apartment building and draws a gun as he moves close to the door before reading a handmade note that reads, "Don't shoot me." A man shoots out of the window of a house and gunmen move through shooting and yelling; one man finds a teen girl in a bathroom and holds her at gunpoint as she cries and pleads with him.
 A teen boy guides several people toward the US/Mexico border and they struggle to cross a fast flowing river; one woman falls into the water and calls for help and the boy says to leave her. A car nearly strikes a teen boy walking in front of it; the boy yells and slams on the hood of the car, and then walks away. A teen boy is shown with many tattoos on his neck and arms.
 A man and a woman argue in a few scenes. A man tells another man to kill a teenage girl. A man talks to a teen boy about having to cut someone up and feed them to a Koi fish in his fish pond. A man proposes kidnapping a16-year-old girl to start a war between cartels. Several men and teen boys in a pickup truck congratulate another teen boy for shooting a man and the boy jumps off the back of the truck and walks away. A man tells another man, "Help us start a war... with everyone." We read that people are being smuggled across the US/Mexico border for profit and that the borders are controlled by the cartels. Ominous music plays with the opening credits. We hear that a man's family was killed and that his young daughter was hearing impaired.


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 32 F-words (1 in a handwritten note), 1 obscene hand gesture, 12 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (sport, dirty, narco whore, gang bangers, animal, coward, Mafioso, moron, fat, idiot), exclamations (you gotta be [F-word deleted] kidding me). | profanity glossary |


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man makes reference to the price of cocaine after 9/11 and that terror is good for business. A man drinks from a bottle of beer on a river bank, and two men drink whiskey while two women in the background drink wine in a restaurant scene. A teenage boy smokes a cigarette with a man while sitting on a river bank, a man smokes in a car, and a man smokes in a bus and a few other scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Smuggling terrorists into the country for profit, drug cartels, Mexico/US border issues, suicide bombers, DEA, Border Patrol, impeachment, witness protection, revenge.

MESSAGE - The fight against drugs and terrorism is a deadly one.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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