Sicario 2 Spoiler Review Starring Benicio del Toro | Hollywood Redux Podcast | Episode 506
Hollywood Redux hops the border to Mexico in order to review Sicario 2 starring Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin.
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About the Movie (spoilers):
A suicide bombing in a Kansas City grocery store kills fifteen people. In response, the United States government gives CIA agent Matt Graver permission to use extreme measures to combat Mexican drug cartels who are suspected of transporting Islamic terrorists across the border. Graver and the United States Department of Defense decide the best option is to start a war between the major cartels, and Graver recruits black operative Alejandro Gillick for the mission. Gillick kills a high-profile lawyer of a major cartel, and Graver and his team kidnap Isabela Reyes, the daughter of the kingpin of their rival, in a false flag operation.
Graver, Gillick, and their team take Isabela to Texas and stage a “rescue” to make her think she was kidnapped by her father’s enemies. Gillick bonds with Isabela and the team attempts to transport her back to Mexico, planning to leave her in territory controlled by her father’s rivals in order to further escalate the conflict. However, the Mexican federal police escort for their trip back across the border opens fire on the American vehicles without warning. Graver and his team are forced to kill dozens of Mexican policemen involved in the ambush. In the chaos, Isabela runs away, and Gillick goes after her alone. The Department of Defence determines that the suicide bombing in Kansas was actually perpetrated by another group of terrorists that were not smuggled into the United States from the Mexican border by the drug cartels. In order to quell tensions with Mexico, the President orders the CIA to abandon the mission and erase all proof of American involvement. In particular, Graver is ordered to have Isabela executed as part of the cover-up. He, in turn, orders Gillick to kill Isabela, but Gillick refuses and turns rogue to keep her alive. Graver assembles his team to hunt them both in Mexico.
Gillick and Isabela try to enter the United States disguised as undocumented immigrants, as it is illegal for the CIA to execute Isabela in American territory. They are captured by a Mexican gang whose boss decides to sell Isabela to her father for a substantial reward. They have Miguel, a Mexican-American teenager and aspiring sicario, execute Gillick; Miguel shoots him in the jaw, and the gang leaves him for dead. Uncomfortable with his action, Miguel jumps off their truck. Graver and his team track the Mexican gang and Isabela with the help of the GPS transmitter that she was wearing and kill all the gang members. Graver pities Isabela and takes her back to the United States to put her in witness protection. Meanwhile, Gillick wakes up with a bullet wound in his face, takes one of the gang members’ cars, and drives for the border. One year later, Gillick finds Miguel and recruits him to be a sicario.
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