In South East Asia, a man mysteriously turns up to the US Embassy offering top secret information that could benefit the United States. Consequently, a team of elite American intelligence officers headed by James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) are tasked with getting the man out of the city alive so that he can be extradited to the states. The journey may be short (22 miles) but it’s incredible dangerous as the American officers find out. A thoroughly enjoyable Hollywood blockbuster that seemingly sets itself up for a second movie sometime in the near future.
Director: Peter Berg
Writers: Lea Carpenter, Graham Roland
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Iko Uwais, John Malkovich, Ronda Rousey
As a self-confessed Mark Wahlberg fan, Mile 22 is a movie that’s been on my list for a while now but for some unknown reason I’ve never found the time to sit down and watch the flick – that was until we found ourselves in a state of lockdown! The movie itself was jam-packed with action right from the off and it never really let up throughout the entire ninety-four-minute runtime, just about perfect for this style of movie. It has to be said that many of the action scenes, in particular the fight scenes, were extremely well shot and entertaining throughout, even if some of the deaths were extremely eccentric and outlandish in nature.
In terms of the plot and storyline, there wasn’t really much to get confused about, which is a bonus from anyone’s point of view. It was pretty simple and easy enough for any viewer to comprehend, but something that did stand out in the first quarter of the movie, however, was the vast amount of product placement for BlackBerry smartphones! Something that surprised me but was fairly obvious.
Some critics have lambasted the camera work and some of the poorly shot action scenes, but I didn’t seem to dislike any of them. For sure, one or two of the deaths that were thrust upon the viewer throughout the flick were extremely unlikely and unusual but other than that, I enjoyed the style and film-making put forward.
In regard to the casting and acting performances, it’s not too often a movie enlists such a diverse cast but I believe the filmmakers deserve credit for going ahead with this. Mark Wahlberg (as mentioned) adopted the role of James Silva and absolutely nailed his performance to a tee. Silva came across as an extremely unlikable character that was designed to annoy and frustrate anybody that crossed his path. Some would more than likely argue that Li Noor, who adopted the role of Iko Uwais stole the show and I don’t think I could disagree with them – his fight scenes were sensational to watch and he was extremely convincing in the role he played as the man that was willing to leak information to the United States.
Elsewhere, John Malkovich also starred as Bishop, the head of the elite American intelligence officers and surprisingly, Ronda Rousey was very believable in her first major role of this nature as Sam Snow.
Overall, I think Mile 22 is a flick that deserves a little more praise and recognition than what it’s received. The vast and diverse cast did a really good job and the plot was solid enough with a nice little twist coming late on. I’d definitely recommend this one to anybody searching for some evening entertainment.
“It’s everybody’s downfall, my friend. Ego is not your amigo.”James Silva – Mile 22