In “22 Mile,” Mark Wahlberg plays James Silva, an intelligence officer for the U.S. government. Silva is assigned to escort a mysterious Indonesian police officer, Li Noor (played by Iko Uwais), out of the country. Noor knows the location of some weaponized, radioactive powder that has been stolen by the Russians. Noor will give the U.S. the locations if they give him asylum. Silva and his team, played by Lauren Cohan, John Malkovich and Ronda Rousey, must defend Noor from the Indonesian government who wants him back and is willing to go to extensive lengths to get him.
I went into this movie expecting a lot of great action with a mediocre plot. The action in this movie is great. The action scenes are well done and exciting to watch. I thought the plot was worse than mediocre. It was so convoluted and muddled that it was extremely hard to follow. The movie kept flashing back and forth in time for no apparent reason. The audio also kept switching to people talking on walkie-talkies, which was very hard to hear and follow. There was a twist at the end of the movie which surprised me. I thoroughly enjoyed the twist because I love surprise endings, but I’m not sure if that makes up for the mess the rest of the story was.
I thought the characters in the movie were well-acted, but they were not developed enough. Silva was supposed to be a savant-type mind with psychological issues, but I never really felt that succeeded. The only thing that made Silva seem different was that he talked really fast and snapped a rubber band around his wrist constantly. They never explained why he did any of this, except in a quick montage at the beginning where they flashed through his childhood. I would have liked to see the filmmakers develop Silva’s character a little more because I think he would’ve been very interesting if developed correctly.
There is one other character that the filmmakers tried to give a backstory. Cohan’s character is supposed to be dealing with a tough divorce and not being able to talk to her daughter. Unfortunately, the only thing that seems to represent this is that she is upset because she is not allowed to curse in messages to her ex-husband. The rest of the characters seem to only be there to shoot people and blow things up. They have no backstory or character development whatsoever, which I would be perfectly okay with if the central characters were developed well.
“22 Mile” is very violent and gory with foul language all through the movie, earning it an R rating, It is not a movie to take your kids to see.
“22 Mile” has great action but a convoluted and confusing plot with weak characters. I do not think I will be seeing this movie again, though maybe if I see it for free on Netflix or Hulu, it might be worth a second watch. While there are better movies out there, if you want to watch a mindless action flick with exciting fight scenes and explosions, this is not a bad movie to see. It earns 2 out of 5 stars.