Small Screen Reviews
Mile 22 Review
What’s It About?
An off-the-books, special ops team have to extricate a police officer in South East Asia, as he may hold sensitive terrorist information that could save millions of lives.
Who’s In It?
Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, The Departed, The Fighter & more recently All The Money In The World)
Lauren Cohen (The Walking Dead, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice)
Iko Uwais (The Raid, The Raid 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Other notables include:
John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons, Being John Malkovich & more recently Unlocked)
Ronda Rousey (The Expendables 3, Fast & Furious 7)
Director: Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor, & more recently Patriot’s Day)
You kind of know what you’re getting with a Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg collaboration. True tales of remarkable grit, determination and often heroism from the everyday American, whether that is in Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon or Patriot’s Day.
Wahlberg imbues the earnest, hardworking American ideal, and Peter Berg captures it in a gripping and captivating story with plenty of enthralling action and tonnes of heart.
For Mile 22, however, the pair have stepped out of their comfort zone and gone for a more global canvas, in a fictional setting. Wahlberg plays James Silva, a decorated soldier who now works for an elite off the books branch of the CIA, who basically do the dirty work when diplomatic and military options are off the table.
Silva is supposed to be of such high intelligence, that his brain operates faster than most people’s – something some people may struggle with if anyone has seen Wahlberg in The Happening. And Silva’s intelligence is best exemplified by the fact he does blank jigsaw puzzles, but in truth he is something of an irrational arsehole who likes to ping his rubber band around his wrist.
His backstory is pretty sparse, though probably a little more than his costars such as Lauren Cohen, so it is very difficult to getting fully behind this brutal team as they are ordered to extricate a police officer from Indocarr, who may hold crucial information in the War on Terror.
Iko Uwais, of The Raid fame, plays said police officer, and, as expected, delivers some truly memorable fight sequences, but despite the raw and visceral nature of the action sequences, they are not enough to paper over the underwhelming plot and disappointing script.
In A Nutshell:
A full blown visceral experience, but the script and plot do not match the action sequences, and it lacks the heart of previous Beg/Wahlberg projects.
The action sequences
Release date: 28/01/2019