Movie Title: Mile 22
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
Mile 22 is a derivative action movie with a few high points that keep it from being a snooze. James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) and Bishop (John Malkovich) run an elite special operations unit for the United States government. They are disavowed while they are on missions and would receive no protection from the U.S. government should a mission go sideways. The movie opens with the unit taking down a Russian spying operation in a small U.S. suburb. Things do not go well and all the Russians end up dead as Bishop orders the operation scrubbed clean.
After finding no moral quandaries with more or less assassinating a few people, the next mission shifts to Indonesia. A high profile special forces agent named Li Noor (Iko Uwais) has acquired special intelligence about the location of nuclear material that could easily destroy four or five cities making them uninhabitable for a generation. He turns himself in at the U.S. embassy. Silva’s mission is simple. He is supposed to take the asset 22 miles to an improvised air strip and get him to the U.S. In exchange he will provide a code that will unlock a database with the relevant information included.
The characters are exceptionally cookie cutter. It is completely unclear why we should root for any of them. Wahlberg’s character is ostensibly a genius, but he just plays him like an asshole. Alice Kerr has a child she doesn’t see. The other characters have no discernible character traits at all. A lot of the action is perfunctory shoot out type of action. Alicia Kerr does have one pretty cool fight scene, but most of the exceptional action is carried by Iko Uwais who has really excellent action sequences.
There is a lot of dialogue that waxes poetic about the action happening on screen that doesn’t fit into the movie. The movie utilizes jump cuts at an alarming rate and some of them don’t make any logical sense. The actual events of the movie are highly illogical. The ending is highly predictable if you paid any attention at all too the plot. Wahlberg’s character says late in the movie that it “was a very simply story.” I would argue that it was almost too simple to be made into a movie because when you consider it even a little at the end it makes no sense.
Mile 22 has some moments and if you are able to watch it without thinking at all it might be passable for a snow day. Skip it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Dredd (2012)