Film: Mile 22
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais
Director: Peter Berg
Rating: * * +
Horror films aren’t my cup of tea, but spy thrillers are. Which is why, despite the inordinate amount of violence and profanities in Mile 22, the film is still rendered watchable for die-hard fans of the espionage genre.
The title refers to the distance from a diplomatic outpost to an aircraft and the hero traversing this terrain is cynical CIA operative Jimmy (Mark Wahlberg) who leads a black ops team to rescue an asset named Li (action star Iko Uwais). So what’s new pussycat? Nothing really for the women who have to endure misogyny apart from the violence.
At the heart of this unwieldy narrative is, no prizes of guessing, nuclear terrorism. Shades of Mission Impossible. Unsurprisingly, whistle-blower Li plays hard to get, which complicates matters for Jimmy and the team which must overcome all kinds of impediments including hit squads and the hard-to-please Bishop (John Malkovich), not a Christian cleric, but the man who operates from on high. Peter (Battleship) Berg helms a badass actioner which is all about freedom, foul mouths and courage. And resonates with the times. Reason enough to go see.