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Mile 22

Rated R 95 minutes 2018

★★★★★ ★★★★★
To paraphrase the old David Spade Saturday Night Live bit: I liked this movie better the first time I saw it, when it was called 16 Blocks. (Look it up.) In this jingoistic rah-rah-’Murica guns-guns-guns! dung heap from director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg, Marky and cohorts must escort a highly valuable human asset 22 miles through an unnamed southeast Asian country. (These chickenshit chicken hawk filmmakers don’t even have the balls to name it.) Other very bad things: Wahlberg’s attempts at acting like a smart person; on screen, he looks like he learned English three minutes before cameras rolled. The jokes fall flat (spot the homage to the swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark); John Malkovich, who’s been bald since at least 1988, wears a distracting hairpiece; Ronda Rousey, who doesn’t brush her teeth convincingly on screen here, shoots guns but has zero fight scenes; fisticuffs in a tenement building, featuring Iko Uwais of The Raid: Redemption, are dull; and the ending is a flashback, a flash-forward or something else entirely. In any event, it makes no sense.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.stxfilms.com/mile22/#about

Director: Peter Berg

Producer: Peter Berg, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Stuart Besser, John Pierson, Graham Roland, Donald Tang, Jonathan Gray, Matthew Rhodes, Judd Payne, Randall Emmett, Derek Collison, Sam Slater, Scott Carmel, David Bernon, Wang Zhongjun, Wang Zhonglei, Felice Bee, Robert Simonds and Adam Fogelson

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, John Malkovich, Ronda Rousey, Carlo Alban, Natasha Goubskaya, Chae Rin Lee, Sam Medina, Keith Bolden, Jenique Hendrix, Billy Smith, Myke Holmes, Emily Skeggs, Terry Kinney, Brandon Scales, Poorna Jagannathan, Peter Berg, Elle Graham, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Ariel Felix, Tom Astor, Kate Rigg and Lourdes Perea

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