Today brings us the final trailer for Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg‘s latest collaboration, Mile 22. Breaking from tradition, Mile 22 doesn’t see Berg and Wahlberg mining a true life story for their hyper-violent masculine fantasies. This time it comes from a story by Graham Roland and Lea Carpenter with Carpenter credited as the sole screenwriter.
Of course, Wahlberg stars as James Silva. He’s a badass. A man’s man with Boston accent. His highly trained CIA unit (featuring Lauren Cohen and Ronda Rousey) is presented with a new target in the form of The Raid‘s Iko Uwais, who says his government is planning an attack on the United States. Now James Silva and his crack team of spooks must defend this stranger from an onslaught of mysterious attackers in what I can only assume is a 22-mile stretch of road.
Peter Berg is a pretty good visceral filmmaker. He can craft a damned impressive sequence of violent tension. However, he’s also prone to some problematic tendencies that push his work towards jingoistic propaganda. Hopefully working once again within the confines of fiction won’t have him explore his worst tendencies, which have reared their ugly head in films like Lone Survivor and Patriots Day. The one thing I’m most looking forward to in Mile 22 is the presence of Iko Uwais, who is still in need of a breakout role in an American film after displaying his incredible talents in the two Raid films.
STX Entertainment will release the latest Berg-Wahlberg joint when Mile 22 is unleashed on August 17, 2018.
The official synopsis for Mile 22:
In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg stars as James Silva, an operative of the CIA’s most highly-prized and least-understood unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must retrieve and transport an asset who holds life-threatening information to Mile 22 for extraction before the enemy closes in.