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Mile 22 | 2018 | R | - 2.8.10

Thriller about an American paramilitary team led by a CIA operative (Mark Wahlberg) that has to transport a defecting foreign intelligence officer from an American embassy in a Southeast Asia country to an airfield. The treacherous route is 22 miles long. Also with Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, John Malkovich, Ronda Rousey, Carlo Alban, William Douglas III, Natasha Goubskaya, Chae-rin Lee, Sam Medina, Keith Arthur Bolden, Jenique Hendrix, Billy Smith, Myke Holmes, Emily Skeggs and Terry Kinney. Directed by Peter Berg. Several lines of dialogue are in Russian with and without English subtitles and a few lines of dialogue are in Indonesian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:35]

Mile 22 SEX/NUDITY 2

 - A woman showers in a locker room and a man enters, yelling at her; she steps out of the shower and wraps herself in a towel (we see her bare shoulders and partial breast). A man removes his clothing and sits on an exam table (we see his chest, abdomen and legs to the upper thighs and he is wearing boxer briefs). A man is shown shirtless and we see his upper chest.


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Mile 22 VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 - A man fights with many people in a medical exam room: one man approaches him with a hypodermic needle, he punches and kicks several men, he breaks a man's leg (we see it bend unnaturally), he stabs a man with a metal blade, a man tries to choke him, he uses the side rail of a bed to hit several men and knock them out (we see a lot of blood throughout), glass breaks and a man throws shards at the other man, he cuts a man on the leg (we see blood pour) and then slams the blade into another man's neck (a lot of blood pours from the wound); the man is shown spattered with blood, glass and dirt at the end of the fight.
 Two cars are chased by several motorcycles, an explosive is planted on one vehicle and it blows up killing two of the occupants (we do not see them) and a third is shown badly burned and with a bloody abdominal wound; gunfire is exchanged on a street and several people are shot (blood spurts), another explosion blows up the second car, a man handcuffed into a car fights gunmen with punches and kicks, he shoots one and drags another's throat along shards of broken glass (a lot of blood spurts and sprays throughout the scene), and an injured woman releases two grenades blowing herself and a few gunmen up as they approach her. A man is shot in the head (we see a bloody bullet hole) and gunfire is exchanged by several people in a house, several other people are shot and we see blood spurt and spray, one man is shown dead with bloody head and neck wounds and a woman shoots a man in the head and the chest (blood spurts). A young man runs through a burning house and jumps out a window crashing to the ground below (we see his charred and reddened skin) and a man stands over him with a gun shoots him dead. A woman is shot through a wall and thrown against another wall (we see no blood and she seems OK), and the man who shot her is shot and killed (we see blood on his wounds). A badly wounded man shoots many people on a street and he is shot several times (he falls behind a car and blood pours from his wounds and his mouth until another man shoots him in the head; we see more blood spray on the wall from the head shot).
 Many armed men follow three people into an apartment block, gunfire is exchanged, and explosives are thrown; a woman enters an apartment and rigs it with explosives (a young girl hides inside), the explosives blow up killing a man outside the door and the woman and the child get out of the area, a man enters a room where the woman is hiding and they fight; he throws her against walls, she stabs him repeatedly with a shard of broken glass and he chokes her until he is shot in the head (we see blood) and she gasps for air. Two men fight with several gunmen as they leave a building and gunfire is exchanged with bloody wounds shown; one man is stabbed with a broken bottle. Several people in a room are shot dead and blood sprays and pools under bodies.
 A bomb explodes in a bakery and many people are thrown; two women charge in and fight with two men and a woman throws another explosive that throws a man (we see a man with a very bloody leg wound), and the other man shoots a woman and she falls dead (we see blood).
 A man and a woman arrive at a house and seem lost; the man throws a flash bomb into the house and several people inside scramble around as others enter the house with guns drawn and hold the occupants of the house at gunpoint while they are swabbed for DNA, fingerprinted and dental impressions are taken. An embassy is shown under high security with armed guards patrolling outside.
 We see the scene of an auto accident and hear that a woman and her twin sons were killed while another son survived (we see the child unconscious in a hospital bed hooked on monitors). A door in a house is broken open and a safe door is forced opened. Several armed men and women watch a house from outside and move inside with weapons drawn. Several scenes show monitoring of people and places on computer screens and by radio contact; an unmanned vessel flies overhead in several scenes. A man stands outside an embassy and holds a computer drive in the air; many armed guards surround him, force him to his knees and put him in handcuffs. A man speeds on a road and encounters another car heading toward them; they both stop and the second car is struck by a missile and blows into the air (the man inside is killed but we do not see him).
 People wearing Hazmat suits scrape paint off paintings and it is implied that the paint contains Cesium. A container is opened and we see explosives and guns. We see barrels of what looks like toxic waste in the back of a house in a suburb. Several people are injected with tracking devices. A young boy is shown in flashbacks and we see him in several fights shoving and punching others; we then see him in the military.
 A woman threatens a man as she questions him and tells him that she is capable of extreme violence. A woman argues with her ex-husband over the phone and she throws the phone breaking it. A man yells at and argues with people in many scenes in the movie. A man swipes a piece of cake off a table and it crashes onto the floor of a restaurant. A woman complains of having her assets taken and a man yells at her and berates her for being so wealthy. People talk about Russian election hacking and collusion. People talk about a large amount of Cesium being lost and that it could destroy a number of major cities. We see a list of terrorist attacks on a whiteboard. A woman yells and is upset about being restricted by her ex-husband from communicating with her young daughter. A man talks about being able to cause the political collapse of a country. A woman looking at a computer drive says that it has a self-destruct timer. A man talks about these being bloody times. People talk about dirty bombs and their components. A man describes what happens when people are exposed to nuclear weaponry and he says, "Their skin slipped off" and "People turn to Jell-O." A man talks about being ready to start slitting throats.


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Mile 22 LANGUAGE 10

 - About 61 F-words and its derivatives, 11 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (evil, [F-word deleted]-face Luke, weak, loner, witch, mentally unstable, corrupt, bi-polar), exclamations (shut the [F-word deleted] up), 1 religious profanity (GD), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Fear Of God, My God). | profanity glossary |


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Mile 22 SUBSTANCE USE

 - None.


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Mile 22 DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Covert operations, spies, black market weapons, courage, military training, divorce, parenting, imagination, nuclear weapons, diplomacy, espionage, chaos, anonymity, ego, the Trojan Horse, heroes, meditation, weapons of mass destruction, patriotism.

Mile 22 MESSAGE

 - Terrorism is a ubiquitous threat especially when terrorists try to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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