Mark Wahlberg has flexed his comedy muscles in films such as “Ted” and “Daddy’s Home”, but he’s in full-on “action hero” mode for his latest film, the espionage thriller “Mile 22”.
Reuniting with director Peter Berg (“Patriots Day”, “Lone Survivor”), Wahlberg stars as James Silva, leader of an elite tactical unit of CIA intelligence operatives dubbed Overwatch, called into action to tackle problems that international diplomacy and military intervention have been unable to solve.
“Do you want to live in a world where everybody feels cozy and validated all the time?” says Wahlberg’s character in a voiceover. “Or do you want to live in a world that works?”
Among the members of Silva’s team are Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”) and former UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, while other stars in the film include John Malkovich and Indonesian actor Iko Uwais as a mysterious “asset” who holds sensitive information that puts everyone’s lives at risk.
However, Overwatch is not to be underestimated. “We’re ghosts … but we’re very real,” Silva says. “And we get s**t done.”
“Mile 22” hits theatres on Aug. 3.