When Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve brought his unique style to the drug cartel world for 2015's Sicario, he wanted to get up close and personal with the characters. It would be a brutal picture that showcased the dangers of the DEA profession particularly on the US-Mexico border.
One of the stars would be Josh Brolin and as he spoke with Collider this week, he gave fans of that title a taste of what is to come via the sequel Soldado. Seeing Stefano Sollima step into the director's chair and Benicio del Toro reprising his role as Alejandro Gillick, Brolin is predicting big things from a movie that will carry the weight of expectation.
Brolin: Blockbusters Can Be Intimate If Executed Correctly
Casting his mind back to that initial jaunt with Villeneuve, Brolin expressed doubts over the end product. Yet he had to admit that the Arrival director hit it out of the park despite a box office taking of only $84.9m.
"You know what? That movie, honestly, I'll just tell you really quick, when I first saw it I was like, 'Okay, it's a good movie and I think we need to trim some things. We need to do this, and this, and that to it.' Everybody else had their notes and then when they saw the final cut it's a really good movie. I'm really excited about it. I was actually surprised at how good it turned out."
So what can viewers hope to see from Soldado? From Brolin's perspective, the scope is bigger but the intensity is even stronger than before.
"I think it's just more severe, man. All the way around," he replied. "I think the characters are more severe. I think the movie is more severe. I think it's just much bigger. It's just a bigger scope film. Like I said, when I saw it it was like Sicario felt like a small movie to me, even though it was a very intimate movie. I've always said I don't understand why bigger movies can't be just as intimate, if not more intimate. Why do they have to be less emotional? I think Soldado's a perfect example of that. I think it's extremely emotional. I think it's extremely tense and it deals with similar subject matters."
Sicario a Whirlwind as Screenwriter Returns
There has been no promotional material yet from the sequel as moviegoers are left to wait on a trailer. The Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War star is not concerned though, backing screenwriter Taylor Sheridan to deliver a script that is powerful and hopefully this time, more memorable.
"When I saw (Sicario), I said, 'This is a really f****** good movie.' When I finished the movie, I thought it was going to be OK. I had seen Denis's movies. I knew he was a great director, but not everybody's perfect and not everybody can put a good movie together no matter what their intentions are, but when I saw Sicario I didn't know what happened. I was like, 'I know we accomplished a good movie, but why don't I remember this?' I kind of felt the same way (with Soldado), and maybe that all stems from Taylor Sheridan's writing and the fact that you can only f*** up his scripts to a certain extent, but it's still going to be a good movie because maybe it does all start with the script. When you have an OK script you're constantly manipulating it to make it sound decent, is one thing. When you have a great script and you're just trying to do justice to it, maybe that's something else, and I think that's what we experienced with him."
Soldado will be released on June 29, 2018.