The Oscar Project
This weekend, we have an original sports comedy and an action thriller sequel coming to theaters. Look for Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Uncle Drew at a theater near you.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
If you're looking for lots of action, shooting, and explosions this weekend, Sicario: Day of the Soldado is the place to look. With both Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin returning from the original 2015 film, this promises to be more of the same.
The film centers around del Toro's Alejandro Gillick and Brolin's Matt Graver running an operation to start a war between rival drug cartels in Mexico by kidnapping the daughter of one of the drug lords. As you might expect in a film like this, things go South quickly and plans have to change. Gillick turns rogue in order to protect the daughter, only to become the target of a new hunt.
Additionally, the first film was not initially a wide release. It began at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and also showed at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The wide release did not come until October of 2015, when it already had some buzz from the festival circuit. Because this sequel is going straight to a wide release based on the success of the first film, I feel there is less likelihood of nominations coming from the Academy. If anything, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing nominations are the closest thing to a sure bet in an action film like this.
I've been seeing previews for this film on television for a few months and wondered when it was finally coming to theaters, and the wait is over. It releases nationwide on June 29th.
This looks like a fun take on the "underdog" sports story, flipped on its head with current and former NBA stars playing aging street basketball stars as they take on some young(er) upstarts. The cast includes current Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving alongside former NBA stars Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, and Nate Robinson, with assistance from WNBA star, and 4-time Olympian, Lisa Leslie.
Suffice to say, none of the true ballers are going to win any awards from the Academy. ESPYs maybe, but not Oscars. This will be a fun summer flick, but likely won't have much in the way of long term legs, especially with blockbusters like Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hotel Transylvania 3, and Mission Impossible - Fallout releasing next month.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?