Mile 22

Movie review by
Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Strong violence and language in Wahlberg action thriller.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

For reasons that would be spoilers to reveal, it's safe to say that this is very much not a message movie.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The team -- which includes several women -- behaves bravely and is self-sacrificing. That said, some of their actions aren't exactly legal/moral.


This may be Wahlberg's most violent film to date. Expect lots of shoot-outs, stabbings, hand-to-hand (and foot-to-face) combat. People get blown up, shot at close range. Unrealistically long fistfights. A person's neck is dragged back and forth over the jagged glass of a broken car window. Plenty of blood. A woman is brutally beaten during a one-on-one fight with a male opponent.


Persistent strong language, particularly "f--k" and its variants, but also "s--t," "ass," "c--k," and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mile 22 is an extremely violent spy/military thriller about a CIA paramilitary squad (led by Mark Wahlberg) that's tasked with safely transporting a person with crucial information. Expect strong, bloody violence throughout, including lots of shoot-outs, stabbings, and fistfights (many with pretty brutal beatings). People get blown up and shot at close range, and in one scene, a person's neck is dragged back and forth over jagged glass. There's also tons of strong language, especially "f--k" and "s--t." Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), MMA star Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich, and martial arts performer Iko Uwais co-star.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCheezix October 22, 2018

After about 10 minutes we walked out of the cinema

Technically the movie felt like high quality, but the conversations were super unnecessarily vulgar and extremely offensive to Christians. The main characters k... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlex K. October 10, 2020

Horrible ending

Besides the violence and language mentioned in other reviews, this is a horrible movie. (SPOILER ALERT) It ends with everyone dying except one person (the main... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySupernova16353 February 19, 2021

Mile 22

Very violent and had major profanity
Teen, 15 years old Written byadvid_movie_lover February 7, 2021

One of the MOST Violent movies I've ever seen

This movie is pretty good for the raitings it got, but the emence amount of violence in it is just disturbing. People get bones torn out of their bodies, get th... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MILE 22, James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) leads an elite CIA paramilitary squad that also includes Alice Kerr (Lauren Cohan), Sam Snow (Ronda Rousey), and Bishop (John Malkovich). The team is tasked with spiriting Li Noor (Iko Uwais), a man with crucial information, out of Indonesia. But the clock is ticking, and it seems like the entire city is coming down on the team as a mysterious Russian intelligence unit observes from afar.

Is it any good?

If you accept some nagging loose ends and intentionally jagged filmmaking, this is an enjoyable action thriller with some surprises. Director Peter Berg and Wahlberg's fourth collaboration, Mile 22 has some of their hallmarks: gritty style, vérité, handheld camera work, a macho vibe, and violence. But there are two major differences. First, Wahlberg attempts a full-on characterization (for better or worse, he's not known as a transformational actor) and only occasionally succeeds. And second, Berg opts for a machine-gun filmmaking style, and that's not a good thing. The editing and cinematography choices make it difficult to follow the action, which is a shame when they’ve cast Uwais (The Raid), one of today’s most exciting martial-arts stars. You simply can't see what he's doing much of the time. In style, the movie is more like The Bourne Supremacy than, say, Mission: Impossible -- Fallout. That approach may, at times, be related to Wahlberg's character, who has his own challenges to deal with. Perhaps Berg was trying to convey the jumble in Silva's head, but the characterization and approach are inconsistent.

It's fascinating to see the movie's modern warfare elements, melding boots-on-the-ground action with high-tech, eye-in-the-sky support. And there are interesting contemporary references, including to Russian hacking as a plot element. Cohan ratchets up her action cred from zombie slaying in The Walking Dead to trained killer here. The script has both good moments (including a funny but profane rant by Terry Kinney) and head-scratching ones (the framing device of a debriefing isn't helpful, and the ending will leave many wondering about some things). And you have to be very willing to suspend your disbelief during scenes like the one in which this supposedly ultra-secret team conducts all-out warfare in broad daylight in a busy city before countless cameras. Still, Mile 22 brings the type of action scenes genre fans want and goes to some surprisingly dark places.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Mile 22. If you watch lots of action thriller-type movies, is this what you expect to see? How would you describe its impact?

  • Do you consider any of the characters role models? Why or why not?

  • The movie includes some references to contemporary politics. Did that help create the film's world, or did it not matter to you? 

  • At the end of the film, did all the plot elements make sense to you? Is that important?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love action thrillers

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