I’ve been a fan of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg’s previous collaborations. Lone Survivor, Patriot’s Day and Deepwater Horizon were by no means high art, but all three were well made.
So what the hell happened here?
Well, for starters, there’s a ridiculous amount of super-quick cutting and shaky camera-work. Remember when action movies looked like that? I thought we’d moved on from that after John Wick, The Raid and others smashed that trend, but here we are again.
Mile 22 features shockingly terrible direction and editing to the point where the entire movie is borderline incomprehensible. This is the absolute worst action movie editing and directing since the Resident Evil movies went extinct.
And the sad part of that is this movie might have worked if it wasn’t for that. The story here isn’t terrible. The acting from Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey and Iko Uwais is all good. Uwais, star of the Raid movies, is clearly doing some great fight choreography and stunt work, but it’s wasted behind quick cuts and shaky camera work all the way through.
This could have been good: a good cast doing good work and non-stop action. Instead it’s a visual nightmare and complete waste of time.