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Mile 22 review

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Did we say it already? Oh, Mark. You can do better than that. As well Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon), which delivers a chaotic CIA-slash-American-Russian thriller, which runs one action scene after the next for one and a half hours, but does not tell a really coherent film. Not much time to cover 22 miles ... it is sometimes more agonizing for the audience than for the actors.

Mile 22 review

22 miles. Not an incredibly long route, actually. But for Black Op James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) and his team, including his colleague Alice Kerr (Lauren Cohan), a show of strength, because a police officer is in possession of highly explosive information that must be taken out of the country immediately. A full 22 miles are ahead of them to the airport - but unfortunately not only James' superior Bishop knows about the top-secret action (John Malkovich) with its powerful IT specialists who are responsible for monitoring ...

Is taken for itself Mile 22 a very typical action cracker in the agent milieu. Fast cuts, state-of-the-art technology and equipment, professionals, special forces and loads of fights - that's what gets fans of the genre going. However, the nag went through with director Berg here, because too much of everything, only too little is delivered from a really well staged story.

As is so often the case, the actors are less of a problem. Wahlberg plays his number down confidently, Cohan doesn’t kick zombies in the skull, but sweeps away attackers, and nobody plays the boss as casually and aggressively as Malkovich (or rather J.K. Simmons, but he doesn't play along). In short, from the casting team and opponent Iko Uwais there is nothing negative to report, so what is going wrong?

It starts with the fact that we hear a very interesting family story about a person, but it doesn't add anything to the story. You try to make the whole thing a bit human, but it hardly creates any substance and also contributes to the fact that the film is incredibly technical. On the one hand, we experience the whole arsenal of weapons, drones, surveillance and whatever else the American secret service sector has to offer; on the other hand, the specialists are aloof. It is understandable that this is not about everyone, we have capable fighters, agents or programmers in front of us. But if 80% of the film is experienced almost exclusively through cameras or with the rifle at the ready, then some scenes in which decisions are made or a lead is followed should at least be prepared in such a way that the viewer can follow.

And so rotten Mile 22 a series of scenes that are far from bringing a highly explosive hunt to the screen in a sophisticated manner. The film is confusing, full of edgy action, but not even the pull that a viewer would wish for with such a topic. Safe house here, agents there, a bit of Russians and Americans like in the Cold War, nuclear contamination and weapons, weapons everywhere ... Unfortunately that just makes it too confusing if you want to press it in an hour and a half and spend a lot of shootings.

Except for the tough staging, which spares no one and also brings the film a few laurels, and the very well-cast roles come Mile 22 not beyond mediocrity. In the end, so much emphasis is placed on realism that during the whole rescue operation one wonders how the clocks at the Black Ops actually tick - and whether the hell an armored helicopter might not have been the better choice.

Mile 22 rating