The political thriller ‘Sicario’ directed by Denis Villeneuve depicted the gruesome state-sponsored violence. Though the ending of the movie seemed definitive, the makers decided to give us yet another visit into the lives of Alejandro Gillick and Matt Graver, the two CIA operatives through ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ revisits.
In ‘Soldado’, a series of unfortunate events follow a terrorist act committed by the terrorists of Mexico. To penetrate deep into the attack, Alejandro and Matt are sent to a false flag mission to draw out the suspects of the attack who turn out to be the members of a Mexican drug cartel.
The CIA agents then kidnap the drug kingpin, Carlos Reyes’s daughter Isabel to spark a war between them and the rival cartel ‘Matamoros gang’. Their plan fails miserably with Isabel escapes.
Though Alejandro catches up with her, Matt is ordered to wipe the page clean regarding the involvement of America in the kidnapping. Realizing this would only mean his partner’s and Isabel’s death, he suggests Alejandro kill Isabel instead.
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Like the first part of ‘Sicario’, the second installment also questions the morality and legality of the war.
Alejandro goes rogue trying to save Isabel’s life but it does not seem possible with Matt and the cartel pursuing them so they decide to illegally cross the border into the United States with the help of some human traffickers.
Unfortunately, they are identified by a coyote named Miguel and captured by the cartel. Isabel and Matt’s team watch astounded as Miguel is pressurized to shoot Alejandro. Matt asks his team to wipe the cartel clean but puts Isabel into ‘witness protection’. Later, Alejandro gains consciousness.
As an act of mercy, Miguel shot Alejandro through the cheek and later turned out to be a full-fledged cartel member. A year later, he bumps into Alejandro on his way to a fellow cartel member who, rhetorically asks him, “So you want to be a sicario?”
Does Isabel make it out alive?
We are made to believe that Matt shoots Isabel in the bloodshed but as it turns out, he had no intention of harming her and puts her into ‘witness protection’ instead. Though alive, Isabel seems to be in shock because of the gruesome violence she witnessed.
This incident flips her entire world and the abduction, torture, killing of Alejandro, and the enemies constantly behind her back never allow her to lead a normal life.
Why does Matt halt the kill order?
Witnessing the merciless bloodshed and his beloved companion’s ‘death’, Matt was dumbfounded.
He wanted to pay his last respect to his friend by protecting the reason he had sacrificed his life and that was Isabel. He then puts her into ‘witness protection’ as it would rub the cartel, as well as the government, sent assassins like him off her back to some extent.
Sicario: Where does all this lead Alejandro?
Alejandro, first an insensitive and violent CIA agent, now begins to see the collateral damage that this war on drugs has left behind. He realizes that he needs to wash off the blood on his hands. As he is pronounced dead, that does not seem like a tough job.
He then takes up the task to evade Isabel from the government as well as the cartel. Though he is unable to do that, she is put in ‘witness protection’. He goes rogue and becomes a man of free will.
He does not forget Miguel as Miguel was the reason he was still breathing. Miguel may be a wanted gang member of the cartel but he is a man with a conscience.
One-year down the road, they cross paths and Alejandro plans on sparing him from the life of a cartel member planting a perfect hint for the next sequel where he and Miguel join hands as quasi-vigilantes in the forces.