Mile 22 is a American made action movie starring Mark Walhberg, Iko Uwais and Ronda Rousey. The plot is as follows: an elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. The highlight for us martial arts movie fans is going to Iko Uwais in action!
Iko Uwais, who the Film Fan Dojo pegged as an up and coming star in 2014, is going to get a chance to show his Silat to mainstream America. Uwais has starred in the action packed Indonesian action movies, The Raid, The Raid 2, Headshot and Merentau. He has been featured in American movies such as Star wars: Rouge One, Beyond Skyline,
In addition to starring in Mile 22, Iko is fight choreographer on the film which ensures we will get his signature brand of action which reminds me of a combination of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung fight direction in the 1980’s and 90’s. Another element that makes me a fan of Uwais and his action team is that Iko gets hit and hit repeatedly in his fight scenes. This basic, but essential element heightens the drama in the fight scene and makes the main villain look like a threat instead of just another heavy to be moved aside.
Mile 22 has released a featurette on Iko Uwais and his unique brand of action. Mile 22 opens in theaters August 17th. Enjoy this featurette and the action styling of Iko Uwais.