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– by Campbell Clark

Mile 22 is the latest collaboration between director Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg after the pair previously worked together on Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day and Lone Survivor. Mile 22 is due for release domestically on August 17, here is the official synopsis for the movie.

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.

LRM had the chance to attend the official press conference for Mile 22 and Mark Wahlberg was asked why this fourth movie together was going to be a work of fiction instead of based on real-life events, as their previous movies have been. Here is what Wahlberg said.

“I think though, for us after making three films all based on real life tragedies it was important for us to go do something that kind of falls under our idea of fun. This is our idea of a good time. It really is.”

Director Peter Berg then followed on from Wahlberg.

“What Mark said, I agree with. This movie is intended to be a work of fiction. Obviously, Russia/US relationships are in the news and something that we were looking at when we were putting the script together. It was inspiring and I thought fresh to us. This is our idea of fun. But as we push deeper into the film and learned more about the CIA’s ground branch, and the men and the women that work in that remarkable organization, the patriotic nature that informs a lot of Mark and my work, started to rise to the surface and are very grateful for the men and women who work anonymously for our country.”

If you are a fan of the pair’s work together so far, then Berg’s answer should certainly assuage any fears of them straying away from the ideals presented in their previous movies.

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SOURCE: Mile 22 Press Conference