Movie Review – Mile 22

Mile 22 fails on every level that an action movie can fail, and then makes up some new ways to fail.

But wait, there’s good news: the Russian government is the bad guys again. Yeah! (More on that later.)

This entire movie feels like the first 30 minutes of a much better movie. Meaning: they could have edited this movie down to 30 minutes, and then had an hour or more to finish the story in a more satisfying manner. Instead they end with a blatant to be continued feeling.

The Good
The fight scenes with Iko Uwais (The Raid I/II, SW: The Force Awakens) are the highlight of the action scenes, and are generally well filmed. Besides that, many of the fight scenes feel staged and out of place. Like times when you can’t help ask: why are they fighting hand to hand now; don’t they all have guns?

The Bad
Where to start? The dialog, especially by Mark Wahlberg’s character (James Silva), is at best hard to keep up, and oftentimes incomprehensible.

There are so many strange decisions made by the characters on both sides. I know that it’s hard to make a movie that doesn’t have a few questionable scenes, but there’s almost nothing but that in this movie. And of course there’s the one Lord of the Rings-sized sure do wish we had a helicopter handy plot hole.

I lost count how many times the screen displayed the biometrics of the characters during tense moments, as if to say: hey look, these characters are really cool because their heart rate doesn’t go up, even though people are shooting at them.

Wahlberg’s character is clearly the protagonist, but he’s fairly unlikable. He’s gruff, and monologues without end.

I’ll be astonished if there’s a sequel to this movie, even though the ending begs for one. The movie has only a 38% user approval rating and a 23% by critics. Both are super low. I can’t imagine anyone recommending this movie to a friend.

My suggestion would be to wait and see if maybe they do go ahead with a sequel, and if so, then you can watch this on DVD and then see how the story continues.

Creator of RunPee. Aspiring author.

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