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Benicio Del Toro is back as Alejandro, a lawyer turned sicario (hit man) after his family was killed by the Mexican drug cartels. This time around, his CIA handler, Matt Graver (Josh “Thanos” Brolin) has been given the go ahead to start a war between the cartels, and to do so, kidnaps cartel boss Carlos Reyes’s daugher Isabel (Isabela Moner). Things go horribly wrong when their Mexican police escort turn on them and Graver’s men are forced to kill them.
The relationship between Isabel and Alejandro, which is the centerpiece of this sequel, works well. Unfortunately, the plot is bare bones, and lacks the mystery of the original. Like the first film, there is a separate plot thread that links up with the main thread in the end. However, that ending was unsatisfying, unlike the excellent ending of the first film. If you liked the first film, you may enjoy this one too, but expect less.