A Sicario Redpill

Let’s face it, most of us still find ourselves dipping our toes into the sometimes putrid waters that flow from Hollywood. So it’s not that terrible if you hired a sitter and took the missus to a movie this past weekend. I only hope it was Sicario: Day of the Soldado.

Now most of you may be familiar with the first Sicario, essentially a “might is right” approach to the drug war, with the Constitution eschewed in favor of results and bureaucracy neutered for the good of the team. The first movie is merely a minor prelude to the deeper moral questions the sequel puts forward.

The essence, without spoilers, is that terrorists are using cartel smugglers to infiltrate the United States. This is not implausible, bear in mind that jihadists have a deep bank account compared to illegal Mexican migrants. That buys things like preferred outcomes and anonymity.

The story takes a turn, as the trailers reveal, when Alejandro, the assassin from the first movie is ordered to kill a young girl. The actions of Alejandro and Matt Graber, the paramilitary operative portrayed by Josh Brolin and ordered to take out Alejandro, have the potential to be a worthwhile discussion with the men in your respective inner circles. How often do we compromise when we could just as easily dig in, take a stand regardless of outcome? The vast majority of average American males (I won’t use the term Men, some have not earned it), would likely go along to get along, follow orders, rebelling is painful and we have become a society content with settling. Decades of watching this play out on sitcoms and in some cases, in our living rooms between our elders, have left the average male deficient in fortitude.

Sicario: Day of The Soldado unintentionally gives us a glimpse at two alpha males stoically accepting the cards they’ve been dealt, and doing what in their conscience and heart makes sense. Have you found a circle of stoic men to emulate, are you that stoic man of conviction? If the former is true, continue as such. If the latter, seek to make an impact. We’ve lost our institutions of stoicism and conviction, but forging bonds of kinship is still legal for now. Get after it.

– By James Dove