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Mile 22

Universal // R // November 13, 2018
List Price: $34.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted December 31, 2018 | E-mail the Author



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Mile 22 Blu-ray Review


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Silva (Mark Wahlberg) is a leading agent who is a part of a CIA
operated tactical group called Overwatch. The team is charged with
helping to protect a valuable asset to their team, Li Noor (Iko
Uwais). Alice Kerr (Lauren Cohan) and Sam Snow (Ronda Rousey) are
additional operative agents working in Silva's tactical group. Bishop
(John Malkovich) leads the tactical team behind-the-scenes and
sounds-off the commands. Their one mission is to protect Li Noor
from the enemies.


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film is extremely light on actual plot or character development.
Instead, the film is almost entirely comprised of shoot-em-up
action-sequences and adrenaline fueled tactical action. The film
starts with Overwatch right in the middle of an operation and then
maneuvers into introducing the team. It isn't long before it turns
into a full-on action flick. It's just too bad that the film didn't
form a cohesive storyline or have the craft to actually be a great,
edge-of-your-seat action extravaganza.


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face="Times New Roman, serif"> style="background: transparent none repeat scroll 0%; -moz-background-clip: initial; -moz-background-origin: initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: initial;">Mark
Wahlberg (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees)
seems like
he's on auto-pilot. When he's on his A-game, Wahlberg's an
exceptional star who can carry a film with charisma and skill. In
Mile 22, the results are far less successful than
one would
hope for. Unfortunately, Wahlberg seems to be running out of steam
here. Mile 22 is a messy action film without a
compelling
leading performance to carry the show.


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screenplay was written by Lea Carpenter (from a story by Lea
Carpenter and Graham Roland). This was a screenwriting debut for
Carpenter. The story-line feels like it was constructed entirely
around the concept of Mark Wahlberg being in an action flick: there's
little thought to characters, fundamentals of storytelling, and no
attempts to elevate the material. The score composed by Jeff Russo
(Star Trek: Discovery, Legion)
carries a action-tempo.
The cinematography by Jacques Jouffret (The Purge, Truth
or
Dare
) is slickly polished but lacks finesse.


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Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon,The
Kingdom
)
directs. Berg has become synonymous with action filmmaking. This is
simply the latest effort in Berg's action filmography after a string
of hits. It marks the fourth time Berg has worked with star Mark
Wahlberg. It seems like the director is running out of stream himself
as Berg joins his lead star in feeling like he's an auto-pilot for
the entire duration of the film. Mile 22 is an
underwhelming
spectacle: an action film that's sole concern is to be mindless fun
(with spectacular stunts in mind) and yet it fails to even deliver on
that front. This is an altogether messy and overlong experience (even
at 1 Hr. 35 min). Mile 22 simply doesn't make the
cut.


size="3">The Blu-ray:


size="3">Video:


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22
is presented on Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC encoded
high
definition presentation in the original theatrical aspect ratio of
2.40:1 widescreen. The film has a rather clean, modern HD sheen to
it. This is a reasonably strong presentation which preserves the
cinematographer's fast-oriented action. It has no detrimental banding
or serious encoding issues. The film looks a bit soft during some
scenes but is generally pleasant and gets the job done for the
release.


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22
is presented on Blu-ray with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
presentation. This is a strong HD audio presentation with quality bass
for the film's action-sequences. Dialogue reproduction is also
excellent. The sound mix was well designed and is well duplicated on
this release. From the fast gunfire in the action scenes to the sound
of cars revving down the streets, this release has strong lossless
quality audio.


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subtitles are presented in English SDH (for the deaf and hard of
hearing) and Spanish.




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(HD, 2 min.) discusses the real life tactical teams which inspired
the action in the film.


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Iko Uwais
(HD, 2 min.) focuses on the acclaimed action film
star
and his involvement in the production.


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Fight
(HD, 2 min.) focuses on a fight sequence featuring Iko
and
the behind-the-scenes training that went into the action
choreography.


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Ass Women
(HD, 2 min.) focuses on the cast of strong female
characters and the actresses who brought these characters to life:
Alice (Lauren Cohen) and Sam (Ronda Rousey) highlight the extra.


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the Scenes Stunts
(HD, 2 min.) features the cast, production
crew, and stunt coordinator as they discuss some of the film's key
stunts and the special effects work done on the action sequences.


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Combat
(HD, 2 min.) features director Peter Berg discussing
the
style of the film and the use of practical effects for many of the
stunts and action sequences


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(HD, 4 min.) focuses on the production of the film's sequences filmed
in Columbia and how the actors and crew worked in that environment
and how their location manager handled the process.


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(HD, 13 min.) includes five theatrical trailers promoting
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22
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Available with a 'play all' option or individually. Includes both red
and green band trailers.


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Thoughts:


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Mile 22 is sorta like walking twenty-two miles
without any
breaks to take a breath of fresh air and smell the roses. The film is
a non-stop adrenaline rush of mindless action sequences pilling up
(one after another) with absolutely no characters to root for (just
stock characters) and no storyline to be absorbed into. It's a
routine action film that's boring at times and which features Mark
Wahlberg as sleepwalking super-action-star. It's mindless
entertainment (mildly enjoyable in brevity) but ultimately
forgettable.


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you're a diehard Mark Wahlberg fan who watches everything the actor
does, there's no point in checking out this underwhelming action
flick.


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It.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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