Mile 22 Review – Spoiler Free
Mile 22 is a film which comes directed by Peter Berg who some may know as the director of Patriots Day (2016) or Deepwater Horizon (2016). The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, John Malkovich and Ronda Rousey. Mile 22 is an action spy film about a secret American intelligence agency known as Overwatch which looks into high level security threats and neutralises them before they become major incidents.
When first seeing the trailer for Mile 22 I was initially quite excited about the film. I’ve always enjoyed watching Mark Wahlberg in action movies and can usually count on him being decent in each one lately. On top of that, this movie also has Lauren Cohan in it and being a massive fan of The Walking Dead, I was very interested to see her appear in this film.
I have to say that after seeing Mile 22 last week, that both actors certainly met my expectations. While I do know it’s probably not long until we see Mark Wahlberg again in the cinema as he’s a massive movie star, I do hope we get to see more from Lauren Cohan in the future at the cinema if she does end up finishing with The Walking Dead later this year. She seems well suited to the action genre and performed well in her scenes in Mile 22 with Mark Wahlberg.
The story we get in Mile 22 is a fairly standard spy film type of story. We have our characters who all work for a secret organisation known as Overwatch and a threat emerges from a character named Li who needs to be smuggled 22 miles to an extraction point, but many people are trying to kill him and you won’t know which character in this spy mystery you can trust. The story is quite linear and is set up well to create a variety of action moments throughout its run time. My only complaint about the plot and the movie in general is that it seemed to me that towards the end the story wrapped up rather quickly and I was a little disappointed with that. With a run time of 94 minutes I suppose they had no time left but an extra 10 minutes there at the end could have maybe helped a lot.
One of the things I appreciated from the story in Mile 22 was that characters did have some depth to them. Mark Wahlberg’s character operates in a high stress environment and hasn’t taken a break for a holiday for a long time. As a result his character is a little edgy, always yelling and likely has a variety of psychiatric conditions that are developing or are already present. Lauren Cohan’s character is a mother and she struggles with the job working for Overwatch because she misses her family and we see this take a toll on her character as the film’s plot progresses. I wasn’t really expecting any depth to the characters at all in an action movie like this and was pleasantly surprised the film took the time to have some character depth.
The odd thing about Mile 22 was that the spy group they all work for is called ‘Overwatch’. I have no problem with the name, it works for the film very well. But some might find it a bit odd as the ‘Overwatch’ name is the same as one of the most popular video games out there at the moment. It’s just a coincidence I guess. But for some reason it felt odd hearing it so often. Maybe I play too much Overwatch.
If you’re going into this film wanting a pure action film experience this film certainly will deliver that for you. There’s car chases, shooting scenes and hand to hand combat moments. Each of the characters gets pretty messed up as the story goes on and the level of violence was just right in that it wasn’t too realistic but wasn’t too unbelievable either. My favourite scene in the film was during an attack on the Li Noor (Iko Uwais) character while he was getting a medical checkup. It was a hand to hand fight scene which went on for a bit but it was quite entertaining to watch and very rough!
Overall Mile 22 is worth watching this weekend at the cinema if you’re looking for a pure action film experience. The film will certainly deliver quite a few action moments during its 94 minute run time and they’re all well shot and quite entertaining to see. The story is a linear one but I appreciated that the characters had some depth to them, but was disappointed that the film ended quite quickly. I was impressed with Mark Wahlberg’s performance and he does always seem to deliver in action films, but I also really enjoyed seeing Lauren Cohan on the big screen and she did great in all her scenes. I do hope there’s more to come from her in the future in this film genre.
Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.
Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?
Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!
Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.
The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.
As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.
The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.
The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.
Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!
Sea Of Solitude Review
Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.
This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.
The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.
On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.
Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.
In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.
The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.
The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.
Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.
Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.
Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.
The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.
I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!
In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?
In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.
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