Mark Wahlberg, Iko Uwais, Lauren Cohan, and John Malkovich are the stars of new action / thriller Mile 22.
Directed by Peter Berg, Mile 22 is the story of an elite American intelligence officer and a top-secret tactical command unit whose job it is to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country…
I really want this to be the kind of America / Asia movie hit I’ve been waiting for. I’m most exited for the classic Wahlberg brand of charm and ‘badassery.’ And of course, the impressive Martial art skills of Iko Uwais.
This trailer is definitely longer than it needed to be but the visuals and dialogue are so very promising already… I know it’s a little early to say but I’m thinking that this could be my ‘trailer of the week’.
Ronda Rousey, Sala Baker and Terry Kinney also star.
A career of fighting in the context of sport has never been for me. I’ve always known this as the kind of person who in high school, refused to head the ball in football (soccer), simply because I didn’t want a headache afterwards. And so began my curiosity about the brave ones who don’t give a second thought to putting themselves in ‘harms way’ for sport sake.
Directed by Vlad Yudin and with narration by Kevin Costner, The Hurt Business offers a comprehensive look at the world of Mixed Martial Artists (MMA) of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Along with learning about the history of the sport and its increasingly bright looking future, we get to watch interviews with the UFC’s biggest names. Names including Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Jay Hieron and Chuck Liddel to name just a few.
I enjoyed The Hurt Business because it answered all the questions I had about the MMA and UFC world, especially as I’m someone who has never watched a single match and probably won’t anytime soon. Why? I was one of the very few people who didn’t race to the scene when someone rushed into the high school cafeteria to shout ‘fight, fight, fight, fight!’ to announce that a massive fight was happening just outside.
My favourite highlight in The Hurt Business is the fact that one of the UFC’s biggest names, Jon Jones is featured quite prominently throughout. It still didn’t feel like quite enough though – because who doesn’t want more of looking at greatness up close?
On another note, I’ve basicallyforgiven Yudin for not featuring the very charismatic Conor McGregor more. He couldn’t really, because The Hurt Business was made in 2015 and McGregor was yet to have his big record breaking 2016. Now I want a Ronda Rousey documentary.
To watch the The Hurt Business or not to watch The Hurt Business…? Do it if you’re curious, like I am. It’s also good for anyone contemplating a future as an MMA fighter or knows someone who is because the documentary offers a balanced look at what life can be like; the highs, the lows and everything in between.
If you know about the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), then you know what Mix Martial Arts is, the increasingly popular sport that has just sold to a group of investors for $4bn, making it the largest franchise sale in sports history.
Directed by Vlad Yudin, The Hurt Business looks at the rise of the sport through the eyes of its biggest stars including Chuck Liddell, Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, Kenny Florian and Tito Ortiz…
I’m not a watcher of MMA myself but I am curious about the fighters.
Admittedly the latter seasons of hit HBO TV series Entourage weren’t the best, but who can resist another chance to see more of Ari Gold’s well crafted, high energy tirades on the big screen?
Brilliantly played by Jeremy Piven, Ari Gold was without a doubt the best thing about the Entourage series and you’ll be glad to know that he’s generously featured in the movie. Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon also return in their popular roles.
Picking up where the series ended, the great news is that everything that kept you tuned in to the show is present in this movie. Everything including the well chosen soundtrack, fantasy depiction of the male movie star lifestyle, Johnny Drama’s ridiculousness and the fun bromance and banter between the lead characters.
You’ll also like the addition of Emily Ratajkowski, champion UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, Mark Wahlberg, Haley Joel Osment and Billy Bob Thornton. I was particularly glad to see Osment do well in a role post the Sixth Sense (1999)
The truth is, Writer / Director Doug Ellin has done right by the series fans. So if you are one, waste no more time and get to watching if you haven’t already.