MILE 22 (18)
THE bromance of director Peter Berg and muscular leading man Mark Wahlberg has been going strong since 2013, when the two men ventured into war-torn Afghanistan for the explosive true story of Lone Survivor. Two further tales of gung-ho, real-life heroism – Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day – followed.
Mile 22 cranks up the on-screen violence, cramming as many slam-bang thrills as possible into 94 adrenaline-fuelled minutes.
Wahlberg plays James Silva (pictured), leader of a team of black ops soldiers code-named Overwatch, who undertake secret missions for the US government under the command of handler James Bishop (John Malkovich) aka Mother.
The squad tracks a stolen shipment of highly toxic caesium, which can be weaponised to kill thousands, to a Russian safe house on American soil. “You’re making a mistake,” an injured 18-year-old suspect snarls at Silva.
“I’ve made a lot of them,” coldly replies the US agent before he clinically dispenses a bullet into the teenager’s head.
Sixteen months later in Indocarr City, police officer Li Noor (Iko Uwais) arrives unannounced at the US embassy, claiming to know the location of the caesium. He promises to share this intelligence as soon as he is safely on a plane to America.
Silva assembles his team to escort Li Noor the 22 miles from the US embassy to the airfield. Within a minute, Overwatch comes under attack from gun-toting motorcyclists and the fight for survival begins.