Conspiracy theories, secret missions and sheer gory violence are the name of the game for “Mile 22”. Strong acting, and an intriguing and gripping storyline, make for an entertaining time in the cinema.
Set mostly in an fictional Southeast Asian country, “Mile 22” revolves around the transport of a prized asset, Li Noor (played by Iko Uwais), (who has valuable information regarding missing radioactive materials) for extraction out of the country. Leading this effort is James Silva (played by Mark Wahlberg), a brilliant agent, who has an unidentified psychological condition, which is showcased through his frequent profane outbursts (which sometimes borders on annoying).
The highlight of the show is the ending and how everything is resolves, with the two timelines, one after the mission and one during the mission intersecting. It is certainly an unexpected one, though that’s really all I should say.
Mark Wahlberg as James Silva, is admittedly the star of the show, with his backstory shown through a quick montage near the start of the show. Portrayed as a socially troubled man due to his aforementioned psychological condition, he is scathing and harsh, which mostly fits with Wahlberg’s recent appearances. Wahlberg, who is somewhat typecast in the hardy, vulgar hero role, pulls off a commendable performance, though it certainly isn’t anything to write home about.
A fast-paced, action-packed plot (with a good amount of plot twists) and laudable performances come together to provide audiences with an entertaining, if somewhat forgettable movie. “Mile 22” gets three and a half stars out of five.
If you’re in the mood for an action movie (and have already watched Mission Impossible: Fallout), “Mile 22” will certainly be enough to satisfy your appetite.
Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ✨