Mile 22 (18)

Mile 22 is a US action thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It tells the tale of a military unit that has just a few hours to transport a mysterious informant to refigure 22 miles from the US embassy.

The movie does such a dire job of explaining the plot that it’s reiterated again at the 30-minute mark. Come on guys! Mile 22 is trying to follow in the footsteps of Sicario and The Raid but fails miserably.

Nuclear cesium has been stolen by terrorists and only Li Noor (Iko Uwais) knows where to find it. He’s prepared to offer the location to the American government in exchange for asylum. All-star paramilitary John Silva (Mark Wahlberg) and his unit are tasked with escorting Noor the 22 miles to the airport. Sounds simple right? Wrong. Noor has a local gang hot on his tail willing to kill the traitor to stop him passing on the vital intel.

At the same time a group of Russian operatives carry out a deadly plot aboard their mysterious spy plane. Lost yet? Yeah me too.

It basically becomes a dick swinging competition amongst spies. There’s lots of explosions and yes everyone has very big guns.

Silva has all the personality of vanilla ice cream. He’s dull, generic and doesn’t really bring anything to the table.

Mile 22 is one of Wahlberg’s worst movies to date. It’s all action, no talk. No you read that right. The fact is that the movie is so high octane from start to finish that it leaves little room for character development. Oh no she’s been shot! Oh well, on to the next scene. You get the idea.

Unless you seriously enjoy going to see a movie and coming out more stressed out than when you went in then Mile 22 isn’t the movie for you.

By Ruth Walker

★☆☆☆☆

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