Sicario 2 is one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a long time.  And that includes Solo, which I kinda hated.

It’s because there’s a real budget here that I give it such a low rating.  When a low budget misses the mark, you can point to the lack of funds as a factor.  Obviously, that’s not an entire excuse for a movie, but it’s definitely a factor.  You can’t get the talent, you don’t have the time, you don’t have the resources—  But in Sicario 2?  A sequel to a hit movie?  The budget is $35 million dollars.  Low by Hollywood standards, but still no excuse for the problems of this movie.

Not the acting or the direction—  It’s the script.  The script is bad, I think.  It’s almost like the person who wrote it only saw the first movie and did zero research for this one.  It’s weird, because it’s the same writer.  Looking back at the first one, the research is just enough.  Since most of the movie is about Emily Blunt’s character and her journey, it works.  Without her in the sequel, there’s nothing to balance out the bleakness.  It’s like the producers said, “Well Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are popular, therefore they should be the main characters of the movie.”  But that doesn’t work.

Brolin’s character was basically a side character in the first one.  And well Del Toro’s hitman is cool, by the end of the first movie, he’s basically irredeemable.  This movie tries to go back on that.  And on top of that near-impossible tasks stacks a series of improbable events that rely on both Brolin and Del Toro’s characters suddenly developing a conscience.

The third act is just ridiculous and the ending is just dumb.  I was expecting an action-packed assassin movie and instead I got the first movie’s bleakness without an context or Emily Blunt.  And to be honest, I was kind of sick of Emily Blunt by the end of the first movie.  I guess the writer kind of just squeaked by with just enough info in the first screenplay.  This one delves into the CIA and the DOJ and the relations with Mexico—  It just didn’t ring true.

I give Sicario 2 only 2 out of 10 keggers.  Avoid it, bros.  Watch the first one.