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Mile 22 (3.5/10)
Director: Peter Berg
Runtime: 90 Minutes
The trailer for this movie looked really good. An action thriller starring Mark Wahlberg where the action looked of high quality. Throw in one of the best martial artists (Iko Uwais) and this had the potential to be an entertaining action thriller. It doesn’t make me happy to say this is one of the worst movies of 2018 so far.
An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.
Unlike Gareth Evans who directed both of The Raid movies, who knows how to direct great action. Peter Berg (when it comes to fight scenes) does not. Evans gives us shots of Uwais entire body and very few cuts so we get involved in the action and see every punch and kick that goes on. Berg has far too many cuts which makes the action incoherent, he also chooses to zoom in most of the time which stops us seeing the action. Most directors outside of Asian countries never seem to get how a hand to hand fight scene should be shot. Uwais is an amazing fighter and we barely get to see any of his moves because of the constant zooming and cuts.
I usually love Mark Wahlberg in all of his roles but this has got to be one of my least favourites. He’s meant to be this genius secret operative but he just comes off as a complete and utter asshole in literally every single scene he’s in. He’s an extremely unlikeable character. This wouldn’t be so bad if the supporting cast were any better, Lauren Cohan plays a mother who is unable to see her daughter due to her line of work. I guess she’s the character we’re meant to care for but we barely get any screentime between her and her daughter. I hated how no one ever stood up and told Wahlberg to shut the hell up, you’d think with all the moaning he does (even to his own team) that someone would say something.
Surprisingly the movie goes out of its way to set up the different team members, giving them different backstories and personalities. I was slowly starting to look at this as a good thing until I realised they killed all of them off before they did anything remotely interesting. The highway shootout is the only highlight of the entire movie. However, it’s been done before and done much better in movies like “Heat” and dares I say “Den Of Thieves”.
Overall, Mile 22 is one of them rare action thrillers that neither thrills or has exciting action. Its a really boring movie that tells a cliche story with wasted characters. They have Iko Uwais, one of the greatest martial artists on the planet and every scene he’s in is completely wasted on his potential. The ending tries to set up a sequel, but why would I want to see more of characters I didn’t like and see them waste even more of Uwais potential?