What You Can’t See Can’t Hurt You In The First Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’

“When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded.”

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich

Release Date: December 21st, 2018 (Netflix)

Mile 22

Year: 2018
Directed by: Peter Berg
Starring: Mark Wahlberg,, John Malkovich, Iko Uwais, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey

Written by Elena Morgan

When police officer Li Noor (Iko Uwais) hands himself into the US Embassy with the promise to give the Americans information on missing nuclear substances in exchange for getting him out of the country, it’s up to intelligence officer James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) and a secret tactical command unit to do just that.

‘Mile 22’ is an action thriller where the action is overly edited and there aren’t many thrills. Honestly, my eyes and my head hurt by the end of this film. There are so many cuts in a scene, even the mundane ones of two people talking at a table, that it puts that scene in ‘Taken 3′ where there are about 14 cuts in the 6 seconds it takes Liam Neeson to climb a fence to shame.

When you’ve got a fantastic martial artist like Iko Uwais starring in your film, why on earth would you film and edit every single one of his fight scenes so incomprehensible that you never really get to see what he does best?! The editing is so quick, the cuts are at weird places, and the camera is constantly shaking. In one scene it’s so difficult to follow what is going on I somehow managed to confuse Uwais for Wahlberg. The problem with a lot of the action sequences is that there are so much shaky cam and far too many cuts, that it was difficult to make out where characters were in relation to one another, even when they were in one room.

Mark Wahlberg’s James Silva is one of the rudest, abrasive and unlikable characters I’ve seen in a long time. He monologues in people’s faces, is disrespectful towards his colleagues (some of whom are supposed to be his friends as well) and to make sure you know how smart he is from the outset, in one of his first scenes he completes the “World’s Most Difficult Puzzle” – though besides from doing that you never really see him being smart, he just shoots a lot of people and talks very quickly.

‘Mile 22’ revels in its violence. Characters are mowed down by gunfire left and right, both good guys and bad guys, but none of them are fleshed out or remotely interesting so you feel nothing when they die a gruesome death. ‘Mile 22′ is full of American patriotism, but not the good kind. This is the hateful, toxic kind where Americans play God with no real thought paid to those everyday people who are living in an apartment block where they are having a shootout in the hallway. And then there’s the member of the tactical unit who controls a drone and is so eager to destroy property and kill people that when he finally gets the chance he pushes that button with glee. The fact this is played for laughs makes it even more distasteful.

‘Mile 22’ is an incomprehensible overly-edited mess. It’s a hateful film full of hateful characters who bark out not-so witty one-liners one minute and technical jargon the next – none of these characters seem like real people. Even with this super-secret all-knowing task force being a part of its plot, the script offers nothing new to the genre and its attempt at flashiness fails to hide how dull and predictable the story really is.

ELENA’S RATING:

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Is Unlocked 2017’s Jason Bourne?

Noomi Rapace (‘Prometheus’ and ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’) plays Alice Racine; a headbutting, dual pistol wielding CIA agent caught up in a terrorist deception that puts London in imminent danger of a biological attack. Together with Orlando Bloom and his lusciously conditioned hair, they endeavour to save the day in a very high-octane espionage thriller sort of way.

Noomi Rapace shows great promise and seems to be an excellent casting decision. Whereas although in the trailer Orlando Bloom appears to be at a brooding personal best, I am yet to be one hundred percent sold by his performances in previous films – I am looking forward to eating my words. 

Michael Apted’s (‘The Chronicals of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ and the Bond film ‘The World is Not Enough’) ‘Unlocked’ looks like it could be this year’s ‘Jason Bourne’, perhaps with the absence of tremendous expectations and hopefully without the deniable disappointment. With a fantastic lead in Noomi Rapace and a great supporting cast of absolute pros including (but not limited to) John Malkovich and Michael Douglas, cinemagoers should feel a level of unwavering reassurance. 

The screenplay is written by Peter O’Brien who makes his feature length writing debut. In 2010 O’Brien was on the writing team that brought video gamers ‘Halo: Reach’, which makes this spy thriller even more intriguing and one to write in the calendar.

‘Unlocked’ takes to UK cinemas on 5th May.

Written by Mark Putley