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MOVIE INFO

Director:
Peter Berg
Cast:
Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais
Writing Credits:
Lea Carpenter

Synopsis:
Aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, an elite American intelligence officer tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of Indonesia.

Box Office:
Budget:
$50 million.
Opening Weekend
$13,710,825 on 3520 Screens.
Domestic Gross
$36,108,758.

MPAA:
Rated R.

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 7.1
English DVS
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
Spanish

Runtime: 95 min.
Price: $34.98
Release Date: 11/17/2018

Bonus:
• “Overwatch” Featurette
• “Introducing Iko Uwais” Featurette
• “Iko Fight” Featurette
• “Bad Ass Women” Featurette
• “Behind the Scenes Stunts” Featurette
• “Modern Combat” Featurette
• “Colombia” Featurette
• Previews
• DVD Copy


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Mile 22 [Blu-Ray] (2018)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (November 25, 2018)

After a successful initial pairing with 2013’s Lone Survivor, director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg joined forces again for 2016’s Deepwater Horizon and 2017’s Patriots Day. All three of those adapted real-life stories, but 2018’s Mile 22 unites Berg and Wahlberg for a wholly fictional affair.

Set in Indonesia, an elite American paramilitary team led by James Silva (Wahlberg) takes charge of a delicate mission. They need to extract Li Noor (Iko Uwais), a local policeman with delicate information, and get him out of the country.

This won’t be easy, as opposing forces work to stop them. James and company find themselves attacked almost every step of the 22 miles they need to transport Noor.

Because I liked the first three Berg/Wahlberg efforts, I started to view them as money in the bank. Actually, I felt each movie worked better than its predecessor, so why wouldn’t I expect Mile 22 to become another winner?

Unfortunately, Mile 22 crushes that streak of success – creatively, at least. 22 failed to do much at the box office, but neither did Patriots Day, so it can’t be viewed as a drop-off in terms of ticket sales.

22 does offer a steep decline in film quality, though. Given my satisfaction with the first three Berg/Wahlberg films, I saw 22 opening night and didn’t bother with reviews. They’d done so well together that I entered with faith that they’d continue to prosper.

They didn’t, and I thought 22 was awful. The movie offers an incoherent affair that’s shot and edited like Berg said "I want people to believe a hyperactive squirrel made this movie".

That means camerawork that jumps around all over the place in an attempt to seem “urgent”. This fails, and instead, the movie becomes random and annoying to watch.

Although the basic narrative offers a simple “go from Point A to Point B” story, 22 overcomplicates it to an insane degree. Its action feels incomprehensible, and characters seem annoying and/or bland.

The actors do nothing to help, as they mainly just yell at each other a lot. Silva comes across like a total jerk, which the film tries to explain away due to his ADHD diagnosis. That disorder doesn’t turn you into a raging d-bag, so this feels like a cheap move.

I like brainless action movies as much as the next guy, but I need some form of competence involved, and Mile 22 seems poorly made. I don't mind its brainlessness, but I dislike its general incoherence and inane hyperactivity.

It's like Berg knew 22 would stink so he decided to cut/shoot it in such a spastic way that he hoped no one would notice. Add to that a sequel-bait non-ending and this becomes a severe waste of talent.


The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio A-/ Bonus D+

Mile 22 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a well-rendered image.

As expected, sharpness worked well, with only minor softness in some wider shots. The majority of the flick boasted accurate delineation.

The movie lacked jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also never materialized.

To the surprise of no one, Mile 22 opted for a teal-heavy palette that also threw out splashes of orange. Given the production decisions, the hues looked appropriate and full.

Blacks seemed deep and dense, while low-light shots appeared smooth and concise. Though not dazzling, the Blu-ray replicated the source in a positive manner.

Even better, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack boasted an immersive affair. With a slew of action scenes, the soundscape blasted to life on many occasions.

This meant a lot of room for mayhem, with vehicles, guns and explosions that engulfed the viewer. The soundfield added impact to the proceedings and used the various channels to strong advantage.

Audio quality also satisfied, with speech that came across as natural and distinctive. Music appeared bright and bold as well.

Like one would expect, effects dominated the proceedings, and they fared nicely, with accurate, tight material that showed deep bass as appropriate. The soundtrack brought out the anticipated powerful sonic experience.

In terms of extras, Mile 22 comes with seven short featurettes. We get Overwatch (1:36), Introducing Iko Uwais (1:48), Iko Fight (1:47), Bad Ass Women (1:44), Behind the Scenes Stunts (1:56), Modern Combat (1:56) and Colombia (3:45).

Across these, we get notes from screenwriter Lea Carpenter, director Peter Berg, fight coordinator Ryan Watson, assistant fight coordinators Lateef Crowder and Sam Looc, special effects supervisor Matt Kutcher, stunt coordinator Clay Cullen, Bogota Mayor Enrique Penalosa Londono, location manager Miguel Tapia, and actors Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, Lauren Cohan, Carlo Alban, Iko Uwais, and John Malkovich.

The featurettes look at the depiction of CIA operatives, stunts and action, cast and performances, effects, sets and locations. A few useful notes emerge, and we see decent footage from the production, but these clips tend to be promotional in nature and lack depth.

The disc opens with ads for The Happytime Murders, Peppermint, Papillon, Operation Finale and BlacKkKlansman. We also find five trailers for Mile 22.

A second disc provides a DVD copy of Mile 22. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.

After three very good films together, the Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg duo finally falters with the lousy Mile 22. Frantic, incoherent and just plain bad, the movie seriously disappoints. The Blu-ray brings solid picture and audio along with minor supplements. Avoid this poor film.

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