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Sicario - Land of Wolves (Sicario 2) *Revision on hold*

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After finishing my Sicario 1 (The Wolf Cut) edit I now will be working on the sequel which lacks the atmosphere of the first movie. It´s more of an action-flick and worthwile for this genre.
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In my view this movie suffers from a narrative which aims to tell a complex political and sociological aspect. By no way i condem this approach but it isn´t told in a proper way and jumps back, forth between narrative locations and merge at the end.

So how i want to tackle this in hope that the movie becomes more interesting?
My approach is similiar to @L8wrtr ´s in his American Gangster - Two Tales edit (definitely a recommandation!) amd inspired me to try the same, kind of. Telling two stories separately before they flow into each other.
As the pieces of Alejandro and Matt makes up a huge amount of the overall storyline i´ll start with that till the point after they kidnapped Isabell and drove to the private jet to take her to the US. Followed by the shot of the Texas McAllen border sequence and the story of Miguel till his first "job" at the mall. After that the two plots are told more parallel until they merge (wittnessing Alejandros struggle at he border transport).

Another big change i try to achieve is the ending. Isabell will die and the last shot of the movie should be Alejandro rising in the pit. So why?
As Matt responds to Steve Forsing "fuck it all, wipe it clean" i thinks it feels more natural if they kill all of them, including isabell as this is there primary task given by their superiors.
EDIT: I‘m aware that matt is pissed about his superiors and that’s why he took isabelle into custody. Should he be sentimental in the third installment and/or isabelle should play another part in the story, i will included here back into this edit at the ending.

So i´m eager to here your thoughts if this works at all:

Quality of the edit:
Video - 3840x1600 SDR at around 10-20 mbps bitrate. Depends on the codec i´ll use (either x265 or AV1).
Audio - AC-3 5.1 track 640 kbps from Dolby Surround EX
 
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I´ve worked on a full workprint ending. Containing a shot by shot color grading and audio work. Don´t bother the artifacts it´s a low level encode just for demonstration.

EDIT: See #1 post
 
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A workprint i available. Color grading shot by shot for the whole movie was done additionally.

Feedback would be much appreciated.
 

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Regrade is now finished. So here you have some impressions:

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A note for the side helicopter shot: i did it this way so that this shot works better with the previous one (Miguel jumping off of the pickup) as i found the original time jump very disturbing.
 

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Finally added a poster in the first post and uploaded it to IFDB (pending moderation).
 

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Thematically i wasn´t always happy with how Land Of Wolves pans out, mostly due to the lack of knowledge how the third movie will be told. Will Isabelle matter or not?
So i´ve made the decision to wait.
 
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