Mile 22 (2018)
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Mile 22 Theatrical Review
The story begins sixteen months earlier on a quiet suburban street in America where the Overwatch team orchestrates a raid on a Russian cell and kills everyone in the house including an 18-year-old boy. Fast-forward a year and a half to South East Asia where the team is trying to find some high-powered, radioactive explosive. After some bad intel and a botched retrieval attempt, the informant shows up at the US embassy requesting asylum. He has a disc with him that supposedly gives the five locations of the explosive but the disc is locked and he refuses to give the code to open it until he is on a plane out of the country.
It is Overwatch's job to take the informant, Li Noor (Iko Uwais. The Raid: Redemption) 22 miles from the embassy to the landing strip where a plane is waiting to fly him to Germany. As they move him they are met with resistance and roadblocks at every turn. Little do they know that there are darker forces at play here and there is a deeper plot in action than simply trying to stop a traitor from leaving the country. They find they are fighting for their lives in an attempt to deliver the package safely.
Emmy award nominee Peter Berg (Deep Water Horizon) directs this fast-paced, heart-pounding action film and he once again teams with Mark Wahlberg (Patriots Day) who stars as deeply disturbed team leader, James Silva. Bergs editing style is that of quick cuts and short snippets, which I find frustrating. Perhaps my brain doesn't process visuals at a fast pace but I feel I miss quite a bit as the film jumps quickly from one camera angle to another. His technique does keep the film moving through and doesn't give the audience a moment to rest or get bored. I also give him credit for making a car inoperable once it gets sideswiped in a chase scene. It is a refreshing change from the unrealistic version often used in films where a car is incredibly damaged but still manages to be drivable.
Wahlberg is very good in his role as an almost egomaniacal genius that berates his team and everyone else on a regular basis. He is joined by John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons) who oversees the technical team supporting Overwatch. Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), Ronda Rousey (Furious 7) and Carlo Alban (21 Grams) round out Silva's team of mercenaries. They have great chemistry and seem to move as a well-oiled machine that has worked together on many missions over several years.
At ninety minutes long Mile 22 movies quickly through the action and a somewhat thin on details plot. The fight and chase scenes are heart pounding and the twist keeps the whole thing interesting. The choreographed hand-to-hand combat is unique and fresh and makes you wonder what else can be used as a weapon and how many ways can the human body break and bleed. While a little graphic it is sure to entertain those that love the action genre while it keeps the rest of us amused and engaged to the very end.
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