MILE 22

Mark and ride…

Total Film - - Big Screen -

A fter three in­tense drama­ti­sa­tions of real events (Lone Sur­vivor, Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon and Pa­tri­ots Day), Mark Wahlberg and di­rec­tor Peter Berg try some­thing new with their fourth col­lab­o­ra­tion. Well, new for them any­way. For ev­ery­body else, Mile 22 –a Bourneap­ing ac­tion yarn about a Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble-style team of clan­des­tine com­man­dos – will seem al­most in­ten­tion­ally de­riv­a­tive, not least in cast­ing The Raid’s Iko Uwais as a turn­coat cop who’s a lethal ex­pert in hand-to-hand com­bat.

Uwais’ Li Noor ar­rives at the US em­bassy in an un­spec­i­fied South-East Asian coun­try with a propo­si­tion: if Wahlberg’s hy­per­ac­tive agent of­fers him pro­tec­tion on the 22-mile ride to the air­port, he’ll un­lock a grad­u­ally self-de­struc­t­ing com­puter disc con­tain­ing the lo­ca­tion of some awol nu­clear ma­te­rial. In ef­fect, Wahlberg’s role is that of a heav­ily armed Uber driver – one whose skills are soon called upon when a le­gion of gun-tot­ing, mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing goons de­scend to en­sure their trip is a short one.

Filled with fisticuffs, fire­fights and ex­plo­sions, Mile 22 de­liv­ers may­hem by the buck­et­load at the ex­pense of char­ac­ter and co­her­ence. It’s un­de­ni­ably thrilling, es­pe­cially when Uwais is cen­tre stage. But it’s not a movie that de­mands a se­quel, for all its op­ti­mistic sig­nalling to the con­trary. Neil Smith

THE VER­DICT

A re­lent­less pulse-racer in which the only things that move faster than the bul­lets are Wahlberg’s flap­ping gums.

It seemed a bit over the top for the cof­fee run…

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