Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin reprise their roles from 2015’s war-on-drugs thriller Sicario to up the ante in director Stefano Sollima and writer Taylor Sheridan’s all-out, violent action sequel. This time, for a bit of cash on the side, the cartels have started to traffic terrorists across the border into the US. So the two operatives must collaborate to cause a war between rival cartels in order to disrupt the flow. Matt Graver (Brolin) is the agent who the government get in when they want something dirty doing that can later be denied. And he’s well up for it because Islamic terrorist group ISIS are smuggling suicide bombers into the US via the Mexican border. How are they doing it? Well, Mexican drug cartels are helping them. ‘Build the wall! Build the wall!’ I hear you chant. But that costs too much and takes time. So instead, Graver is ordered to cause apocalyptic havoc between the cartels so that they are too busy fighting each other to help the terrorists. Of course, he can’t do that alone. So he gives his old mucker Alejandro (Del Toro) a bell and tells him there’s no rules this time, so they can really go for it. Great, thinks Alejandro, because he’s got beef with the cartels from last time. Problem is, the plan involves kidnapping Isabel (Isabela Moner), the entitled brat daughter of one of the cartel bosses, and pinning it on the other side. But when the inevitable time comes to relieve the world of Isabel’s presence, will soft-in-the-centre Alejandro be able to go through with it?
Sicario 2: Soldado – Saturday 9.30pm on Channel 4