The Movie: 7/10
Action! It’s not a shock that Marky Mark has done another action packed movie with Peter Berg at the helm. Mile 22 doesn’t grab for any new ideas, not really. There is a nuclear threat, mass destruction of life and society looming if a team of highly trained secret operatives don’t come to the rescue. I get it, it’s compelling, the threat is big and bombastic which lends itself to lots of activity to look at on the screen. I know, it’s harsh to reduce a movie to such a simple distilled idea, but it is what it is.
These secret operatives have to solve a problem, get a code for an encrypted drive before the shit hits the fan. This requires a computer genius, well trained fighters, weapons experts, and everyone has to be tough as nails…check, check, check, and check. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this movie a lot. It’s got some heart and soul, well designed fight scenes, enough tension to keep me interested, and the characters are fleshed out just enough for me to care about them along the way. Not all movies with extensive gun play and explosions can make that claim.
If you like to see Marky Mark the burger selling, protein powder hocking guy thwart the bad guys, you can’t go wrong when Peter Berg is the director. Together they do a good job of making it all feel very grounded, even though some of the plans and plotting and abilities of the characters seems just that much far fetched, it still works.
Overall I had a good time with Mile 22. It doesn’t stay in my memory that well, to be honest I had forgotten we watched it. The thing is, it’s fun while it lasts.
- Overwatch (1 Minute) – Cast and crew discuss the formation of the Overwatch team in the film.
- Introducing Iko Uwais (2 Minutes) – The real star of the show is put into focus.
- Iko Fight (2 Minutes) – Watch this guy fight he will blow your mind.
- Bad Ass Women (2 Minutes) – A look at the films two powerful bad-ass chicks.
- Behind The Scenes Stunts (2 Minutes) – As with all of these featurettes a very quick look at how the stunts were created.
- Modern Combat (2 Minutes) – A look at the style Iko Uwais developed for the film.
- Columbia (4 Minutes) – Even the Mayor of Columbia came to the set to see Marky Mark.
- Blu-ray, DVD & I tunes Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Digitally shot in 8K resolution it’s odd there is no 4K release here for Mile 22. What we do get though is a Blu-ray 1080P AVC transfer that really delivers. Detail is very sharp and skin-tones and shadow detail is second to none. There is a fair amount of noise in the image but mostly when the film cuts to CCTV shots so I imagine its what Peter berg intended.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track used here is fairly mellow for such an action packed movie. LFE does come into play during a few of the films explosions but mostly its reserved and the type of soundtrack you would hear from a drama movie. Surround sound is well used though with lots of ambiance coming from the rear speakers.
Overall Score 7/10