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Mile 22 Blu-ray Review

An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of Indonesia.

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Audio/Video total rating:
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Studio and Year: Universal - 2018
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 95 minutes
Genre: Thriller/Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Lauran Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich
Directed by: Peter Berg
Music by: Jeff Russo
Written by: Lea Carpenter
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: November 13, 2018

"90 Minutes. 22 Miles. Zero Backup"

My Take:

CIA operative James Silva leads a small but lethal paramilitary team on an urgent and dangerous mission. They must transport a foreign intelligence asset from an American embassy in Southeast Asia to an airfield for extraction -- a distance of 22 miles. Silva and the soldiers soon find themselves in a race against time as the city's military, police and street gangs close in to reclaim the asset.

In general, I have found the teaming of director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg to be decent, so, despite not being impressed with the trailer for Mile 22 I wanted to review it. The plot is like many films where a small group of police or military is pitted against insurmountable odds in order to secure or protect an asset/witness etc. I am okay with that as long as the story and characters are developed enough to make you give a damn about the whys and wherefores.

In this case there isn’t any tangible substance to the elements surrounding the elite team or their background together. We only get a rushed backstory on James Silva and that is uninteresting at best. From there the plot jumps right in offering minimal details regarding the predicament for which the team now faces. Initially, the reason for this had an air of mystery, which made sense up front given how the character of the asset is introduced, however as the story progresses and you learn the reason behind what is transpiring, it’s quite weak, bordering on lame.

There is a bit of fun to be had in some of the action sequences, especially the martial arts/hand to hand choreography featuring Iko Uwais. I liked how Lauran Cohan handled her role as a team member but, the interjection of her personal life didn’t work. Mark Wahlberg’s character was simply annoying, which wasn’t helped by his nasally and wide-eyed rants, which at times were chuckle inducing. This of course was problematic given his focus as the story’s main character. The ending was preposterous and given the nature of its setup made no sense.

Mile 22 certainly had promise but, would have benefitted from a reworked script which better developed its characters and tweaked the central story. This would have required more than 90 minutes to effectively deliver a more gratifying and entertaining espionage thriller.

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The rating is for strong violence and language throughout.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 92
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Mile 22 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound.

This is a high-quality video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are somewhat subdued, but occasionally offer eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute and filmic, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Certain scenes appeared better resolved than others although this appears related to the photography and not the encoding. Contrast is dynamically applied without being overpowering and blacks are respectably deep with discernible detail in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was excellent.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack offers detail rich clarity while making use of the entire surround platform to support the film’s thematic elements. Dialog is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment is notable. Dynamic range is robust which enriches the authority of low frequency effects contained in the mix. Once the action ramps up there is perpetual use of the rear channels and subwoofer and the effects are involving.

Bonus Features:
  • • Overwatch: Follow the “Overwatch”, the para-military division in Mile 22, and explore the background and inspiration as to why this type of team was chosen for the film.
    • Introducing Iko: A spotlight on world-renowned action star Iko Uwais and his experience with combat fighting, stunt work and choreographing his own scenes in the film.
    • Iko Fight: Interview with Iko Uwais discussing his intense fight scenes from the practice room to the final shot.
    • Bad Ass Women: A behind-the-scenes look with stars Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey along with writer Lea Carpenter, discussing stunts, intellectual smarts and the overall tenacity of the film’s female characters.
    • BTS Stunts: An in-depth take on the creation of the action-packed stunts of Mile 22 with commentary from Director Peter Berg and the film’s stars.
    • Modern Combat: Explore the concept of modern action cinema, where scenes are created and shot in real time with multiple cameras, mesmerizing cinematography and intense action stunts.
    • Colombia: Take a tour Bogota, Colombia with the cast and filmmakers discussing key filming location points.
    • Trailers
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Mile 22 is a middling espionage action/thriller that would have benefitted from a better developed story and deeper character emphasis. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring solid high definition audio/video and a decent set of extras. Mile 22 might work for casual genre fans but, will surely disappoint those looking for something edgy and smart. This one is best reserved for a rental or cable TV viewing.

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“Woulda benefitted from...”

How many movies can that be applied to these days?

Cranking out formula movies that count on the audience, because they are bought into the actors or the franchise, being half or poorly developed?

Even big budget movies.
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Bad movie in every way possible if it had a great story, the film would still be unwatchable because of the awful editing.

Even two people talking the frame jumps from above,side on, ohh lets see him flick is rubber band on is wrist. The frame does not keep still for more than 1 second. Fight scenes no idea who is fighting who this is the worst constructed movie of the year.

by the same director of the quite good lone survivor, peter berg what as happened? answer on a postcard please.

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Would have liked it more if not for the way Wahlberg spoke his lines - clearly written by someone who mistook clever with fast talking drivel.

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Rented this from Netflix and glad I rented this time. The story was hard to follow but once we got to the end it all made sense. The movie did sound good especially the bass.
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This was an overall bad movie, glad it was just a rental. A disappointing Wahlberg performance and a hard to follow story line for most of the movie.
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