Director: Peter Berg
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais
Release Date: November 13, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA’s most highly-prized and little-known unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must transport an asset (Iko Uwais) who has vital information to an airfield for extraction before the enemy closes in.
The high-octane thriller ‘Mile 22’ follows a talented and deadly team of CIA operatives led by James Silva (Wahlberg) that must transport a crucial asset to an aircraft through miles of city streets wherein enemies lie around every turn ready to stop at nothing in order to acquire the asset themselves before he’s out of the country. As the streets quickly turn into a battleground with the body count consistently rising, Silva and his trusted teammates must find a way to accomplish this seemingly impossible task that’s only becoming increasingly less likely, or else risk losing the crucial information the asset holds forever which could result in the loss of countless innocent lives.
Directed by Peter Berg (Patriot’s Day, Deepwater Horizon) from a screenplay by first time screenwriter Lea Carpenter which was based upon a story by Carpenter and Graham Roland (TV’s Jack Ryan, Fringe), Berg does a highly capable job at the helm of ‘Mile 22’ smoothly guiding along the fast-paced action and tension. The film also features a pretty solid cast that includes plenty of familiar faces and includes regular Peter Berg collaborator Mark Wahlberg (Patriot’s Day) along with Lauren Cohan (TV’s The Walking Dead), Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption), Ronda Rousey (Furious Seven), John Malkovich (Deepwater Horizon), Carlo Alban (TV’s Prison Break) and more, the majority delivering quite competent overall performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Mile 22’ is a highly entertaining, tense and at times quite brutal ride that serves up plenty of bloody action and violence around each turn, frequently without allowing much room to breathe between the insanity once things truly get moving. Yet again reteaming director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg who have collaborated on numerous outings in recent years including ‘Lone Survivor’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’ and ‘Patriot’s Day’, only this time tackling a straight up action film without any direct basis on real life characters or events. The end result of which tends to be a somewhat mixed bag, losing some of the effect the previous three films the two teamed on, but also serving up some intense and unrelenting action sequences that are sure to get your blood pumping, especially those featuring the ever impressive Iko Uwais whose talents easily steal the scene in the few fight sequences that he’s involved in. Albeit imperfect, I would still definitely encourage anyone already interested in this one to try and make a point of giving ‘Mile 22’ a watch whenever convenient, and those who tend to enjoy a hard hitting and endurance testing action-packed ride that rarely relents will probably enjoy this one quite a bit as well.
Overall, ‘Mile 22’ is a fast paced, hyper-violent and thoroughly entertaining action film that definitely has its problems scattered throughout, but altogether still manages to come together into a relatively exciting and endurance testing popcorn flick with plenty of notable action sequences. ‘Mile 22’ is recommended, especially for folks that tend to enjoy a wild, violent and enjoyable action flick that may not be perfect, but certainly still manages to deliver plenty of bloody and tense action-packed fun. It may or may not be one you’ll want to rush out and get your hands on immediately depending on your level of interest in the film to begin with. Either way it stands a good chance of proving worthy of your time and probably even the cost of rental as well for those who haven’t already had the chance to check it out.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Mile 22’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks great overall and provides a sharp, clean and smooth video presentation from start to finish, with no notable faults to be uncovered throughout. It holds up impressively even during the numerous fast moving action sequences, never resulting in any on screen activity becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a pretty fantastic high definition video presentation that should satisfy both fans of the movie and first time viewers.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack definitely gets a chance to strut its stuff and doesn’t disappoint, delivering a clean, sharp and hard hitting audio presentation throughout. It constantly takes advantage of all seven available channels in order to send vehicles and bullets whipping throughout the various speakers quite frequently, along with bits of crowd chatter, debris and plenty more, while never conflicting with any dialogue or other audio elements that might happen to be occurring simultaneously. Overall, this is a fantastic 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that sounds great every step of the way and contributes plenty of extra fun to the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Mile 22’ includes a few extras, primarily in the way of some brief Behind the Scenes Featurettes that include interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are: ‘Overwatch’ (running approximately 2 minutes in length), ‘Introducing Iko Uwais’ (running approximately 2 minutes), ‘Iko Fight’ (approximately 2 minutes), ‘Bad Ass Women’ (2 minutes), ‘Behind-The-Scenes Stunts’ (2 minutes), ‘Modern Combat’ (2 minutes) and ‘Colombia’ (4 minutes). Also included are ‘5 Theatrical Trailers’ for the film (running approximately 12 minutes altogether).