Mile 22 (Blu-ray) (2018)

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Released 28-Nov-2018

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Featurette-8
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2018
Running Time 94:19
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Peter Berg
Studio
Distributor
STX Films
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Mark Wahlberg
Lauren Cohen
John Malkovich
Ronda Rousey
Iko Uwais
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio DTS HD Master Audio 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Well, this film, Mile 22 is certainly a mixed bag of various elements. It combines surveillance thriller (a la Enemy of the State) with international spies, ultra violent martial arts, revenge thriller and some of the most bizarre dialogue I have heard in recent times. There are elements here done well especially the opening sequence but there is also a lot of stuff which feels out of place. The story is not well told, the characters are not explained at all well but there is certainly loads of violence and action sequences. Itreminds me somewhat of Den of Thieves, the recent Gerard Butler vehicle but that is a much better film. It also reminded me of 16 Blocks, the older Bruce Willis film because of the imperative to get someone somewhere quickly with people trying to kill them, and also similar titles. In that case Bruce needed to get someone 16 blocks of New York, in this case Mark Wahlberg and team need to get Iko Uwais 22 miles across a fictional Asian city (played by Bogota, Columbia in probably the film's best performance). Even 16 Blocks is a better film than this and it is certainly nothing special.

The story involves a paramilitary unit of the CIA, led on the ground by James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) but supported with surveillance and air cover by a remote team led by Bishop (John Malkovich). At the beginning of the film they swoop on a Russian intelligence group planning something from a suburban house in the US. Silva's team, including Alice Kerr (Lauren Cohen from The Walking Dead), William 'Dougie' Douglas (Carlo Alban) and Sam Snow (Ronda Rousey), take down the Russian team but eventually need to eliminate them all. Some years later, Silva and his team are in an Asian city trying to find some Caesium which has been stolen and will be made into dirty bombs. A source, Li Noor (Iko Uwais), tells Alice that he can tell them where the Caesium is but must be given asylum in the US as the government will kill him if he remains. Of course, the local intelligence services are onto them and do not want them to leave with Noor. So begins a 22 mile journey to get Noor across the city to an airport and onto an American transport plane. Much violence, death, gore, shooting, car chases, ass kicking and oddball dialogue ensues.

The film was directed by Peter Berg, probably best known for Deepwater Horizon, Patriot's Day and Lone Survivor all of which feature Mark Wahlberg. Those are all pretty good films so I was hoping for more from this one. Unfortunately, due to the story not being compelling, the characters not being well-rounded or engaging and the dialogue being odd, you are really only left with the sickening violence. I quite like violent action films and martial arts but there were a few moments in this one that made me feel uncomfortable and I am somewhat surprised that this didn't slip into a local R rating here in Australia. Back in the day, The Godfather was rated R but that is a movie for kiddies by comparison. Wahlberg, Cohen and Malkovich are fine in their roles but the lack of proper characters reduces their impact. Uwais is not here for his acting skills. Although there are some good action sequences the fast moving, sometimes hand-held camera work which is meant to bring realism can sometimes be distracting. The film did get a theatrical release but underperformed making around $60 million at the global box office. It was planned as the first movie of a trilogy but this is probably at risk.

I find it hard to recommend this film, however, fans of Uwais will certainly get something from it.

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Transfer Quality

Video

The video quality is excellent for standard HD.

The feature is presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio whichisthe original aspect ratio in 1080p. I have read that it was shot in 8K and finished in 4K which is believable due to the impressive detail and sharpness even in 2K on this disc. I suppose a 4K disc will be desired by some but I can understand the distributors not bothering considering the quality of the film.

The colour is good although this film purposefully has a mostly dull colour scheme with grimy apartments etc., as the scene of much of the action.

There aresubtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.



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Audio

The audio quality is very good.

This disc contains an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1 and a descriptive audio track in DTS HD-MA 2.0. This is an aggressive soundtrack with action scenes using all the speakers and surrounding the audience with sounds of battle. The crunching of bones and gunshots stand out clearly and fill the soundstage. The sound quality certainly adds to the visceral nature of the film.

Dialogue was clear and easy to understand on most occasions (although it might have been preferable not to hear a lot of it).

Thesubwoofer did a good job supporting the action, crashes, bashes, etc.

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Extras

A number of very short promo featurettes. They are HD with DTS HD-MA 2.0 sound. They are all a combination of scenes from the film, behind the scenes footage and interview snippets. They cover different aspects of the production as noted below.

Menu

The menuincludesmusic.

Overwatch (1:56)

The CIA paramilitary wing.

Introducing Iko Uwais (1:48)

Iko Uwais and his choreography of fights.

Badass Woman (1:44)

Lauren Cohen and Ronda Rousey characters.

Stunts (1:56)

Behind the scenes of the stunts, this one could definitely have been interesting if it ran longer.

Ground Branch (1:44)

The real CIA division it is based on including interviews with ex-CIA people. Too short to really add much.

I might be a little worse (0:36)

One small scene of decent dialogue (one of the few in the film).

Iko Fight (1:47)

Making the infirmary scene including choreography. Far too short to be insightful.

Modern Combat (1:56)

The desire to make something grounded in reality.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The US release of this film includes a DTS HD-MA 7.1 soundtrack, Spanish subtitles and one slightly longer featurette about shooting in Columbia, in addition to the contents of our local release. It does not include the audio descriptive track, so this local release is certainly better for the visually impaired. Most consumers will prefer the US release. There is no 4K in the US either.

Summary

A very violent and confused action/spy/revenge movie.

The video quality is excellent.

The audio quality is very good.

The extras don't even add up to 22 minutes (or much interesting content).

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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