It will be hard to top Sicario, but with Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro back in the mix, the sequel is an extremely intriguing proposition.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado reteams federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and the laser focused Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) in a new conflict. With drug trafficking terrorists traveling across the US Border, the pair attempt to figure out a plan to escalate the fight by kidnapping a kingpin’s daughter.
The twist is she is seen as collateral damage, and now Alejandro and Matt are turning that conflict towards each other. Taylor Sheridan (Wind River), who penned Sicario, also wrote the sequel’s screenplay, with Stefano Sollima (Suburra) taking on the directing duties (Dennis Villeneuve helmed the original).
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the #1 film over the weekend as it made $39 million to beat out second place finisher It.Fellow newcomer The LEGO Ninjago Movie, saddled with lukewarm reviews, managed just a third place finish with $21 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – $39 million
2. It – Flick has another strong weekend with $30 million and to date it has grossed over $266 million domestically.
3. The LEGO Ninjago Movie – $21 million
4. American Assassin -$6.2 million
5. Home Again – Reese Witherspoon comedy takes in $3.3 million
6. Mother! – Makes just $3.2 million in its second weekend and it’s a disappointing outing (at least box office wise) for Jennifer Lawrence.
7. Friend Request – This movie was unfriended by most moviegoers as it made just $2.4 million.
8. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $1,85 million
9. Stronger – Jake Gyllenhaal movie makes $1.8 million in limited release.
It beat out all comers with another strong weekend as it made $60 million at the box office. The action thriller American Assassin, headlined by Dylan O’Brien, came in at #2 with a solid $14.8 million weekend. Unfortunately director Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence didn’t drum up a sizable audience for mother! which, though #3, made just $7.5 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. It – It’s #1 for the second week in a row and makes $60 million this weekend. Total domestic gross is over $218 million!
2. American Assassin – $14.8 million
3.mother! – It’s a bomb for Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence. $7.5 million.
4. Home Again – Reese Witherspoon comedy earns $5.5 million.
5. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – $3.5 million
6. Annabelle: Creation – Hit film makes $2.6 million and it’s collected over $99 million domestically.
7. Wind River – $2.5 million
8. Leap! – $2.1 million
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming – The feature, which has made over $330 million domestically, takes in $1.8 million.
Considered one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King work, It was the #1 film at the box office with $117 million. Reese Witherspoon’s latest comedy Home Again had a weak opening at #2 with just $9 million in business. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. It – $117 million
2. Home Again – Reese Witherspoon film is one of the weekend’s top grossers but the bad news it was a slow weekend for every movie other than It.
3. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – To date this action comedy has made $64 million domestically. This weekend it takes in $4.9 million.
4. Annabelle: Creation – $4 million
5. Wind River – This $11 million budgeted drama has made over $25 million domestically. It makes $3.2 million this weekend.
6. Leap! – Animated flick collects $2.5 million.
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming – $2 million
8. Dunkirk – $1.95 million
9. Logan Lucky – Heist movie has made just $25 million domestically and cost $29 million to make. It makes $1.8 this weekend.
In a summer filled with big budget bombs, it’s refreshing to come across a film that relies on story and emotion rather than super powers and CGI to connect with a crowd. One such standout in the latter moments of summer is Wind River, a dark murder mystery as far from light and shiny as you can get.
The film centers on the death of a young Native American woman named Natalie (Kelsey Asbille) on the desolate wintery landscape of the Wind River reservation in Wyoming. Discovered by stoic local tracker Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), the case starts to unravel deeper emotional woes in the primarily Native American community. It doesn’t take much to realize that this was no case of being ill prepared for the climate, as the woman had wounds consistent with an assault and had run barefoot for miles before succumbing to the natural effects of exposure. The loss clearly affects Lambert, whose bond to the woman is just the first layer peeled back on a deeper sorrow that has permanently affected his life.
With a snowstorm fast approaching, the FBI is called in and a junior agent named Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) appears from the Las Vegas office, a true fish-out-of-water ill prepared not only for the elements outdoors, but also for the world she just walked into. She serves the viewpoint of the audience, plopped into a land filled with loss and grief all around with people dealing with little options who mostly just try to survive. If that message wasn’t clear enough, the local reservation police chief (Graham Greene) drives that home with platitudes like, “This isn’t a land of waiting for back up. This is the land of you’re on your own” and talk of driving 50 miles to go five miles.
Banner is a young agent with passion for the case, who quickly realizes she’s in over her head both with the culture and how the bureaucratic system is set up to let Natalie become another statistic. So she turns to Lambert for assistance, with the tracker having his own reasons for joining the search. Their pairing starts off a little abrasive, but there’s a trust earned there over time and a comfort level where Lambert eventually reveals why he is so drawn to the case.
While writer/director Taylor Sheridan doesn’t really present the viewer with many twists and turns in the case and the actual reveal is not overly surprising as things are laid out, he does deliver a slow burn of a film building heightened suspense to the climactic final battle and a cathartic payoff that feels carefully crafted and well earned.
Sheridan also delves into the crushing loss of youth and hope in a brutal land and the introspection of how to deal with that. There’s an excellent supporting turn by Gil Birmingham as Natalie’s grieving father and a brief but pivotal appearance by Jon Bernthal as Natalie’s significant other, but the real heart of this movie is Renner’s Lambert, looking at the case as a possibility for a redemption that may never come, and Olsen, whose passion, empathy and survival instinct help in the fight to find the truth and get justice in the case.
The director also uses the barren but beautiful landscape to help build the vibe, much like he did with fellow Western-set dramas Sicario and Hell or High Water. Add in a Nick Cave / Warren Ellis score that works effective well, and Wind River is one of the year’s more rewarding watches and worth seeking out.