Mile 22 is directed by Peter Berg and stars Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey and Sam Medina.
Team Overwatch led by James Silva (Wahlberg) are a part of a secret division of the government that get called in when all other options fail. Overwatch is tasked with transporting a valuable asset 22 miles while being chased by a foreign government.
You know, when you say it that way, this movie actually sounds really cool. Unfortunately, Mile 22 is such a frantically paced, poorly constructed movie that even some genuinely exciting action sequences and an interesting premise can’t save it from what it ultimately is.
The movie opens up strongly enough, this team is introduced and we get to see them in action, and the action sequences for the most part are well made. A couple of firefights break out throughout the movie, there’s a halfway decent car chase, it’s not bad. I think the most disappointing aspect in terms of the action sequences are how poorly filmed the hand to hand combat is. This film features Iko Uwais who was in both “The Raid” films and in those movies this guy kicks some serious ass. He’s a well trained fighter and I’m happy to see him being featured in more movies, but here all of the sequences involving him have too much shaky cam and way too many cuts to the point that you can’t appreciate what’s happening on screen. When the movie takes time to focus on what’s happening it’s cool, but those moments happen rarely.
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