Full disclosure: I have four kids so I rarely see movies at the time when they are released. Hence I’m going to discuss a movie from 2018.
As much as Matt Farah’s Safari 911 is in his words, the perfect urban LA vehicle, the producers of Mile 22 decided to include a number of overlanding rigs for a movie that spends the majority of its 94 minutes in a crowded urban environment.
I’m not really going to get into the plot of the movie. I still don’t know what it was, but the fight scenes were great. By the way, there is an Internet Movie Car Database website, if you’re ever curious about what vehicle might have been in a movie. Here are all of the vehicles in Mile 22.
1999 Land Cruiser Prado
This is the identification that I’m actually the least confident in. The Prado isn’t on screen very long. It blasts into a BMW causing the car to spin and then pulls over to unload gunmen. The Prado doesn’t have the snorkel that every other vehicle in the movie has, but it does have a front bull bar-based bumper and some aftermarket wheels. The rear bumper looks stock, so there probably aren’t any suspension component upgrades underneath for the added weight. The aftermarket wheels are reminiscent of the Lamborghini phone dials.
2005 Nissan Navara
The added engine noise for this Nissan Navara in the movie is great. If you didn’t know any better, you’d assume that there is a throbbing V8 under the hood of this Nissan pickup. The Navara gets utilized the way every bro-dozer dreams about in the city. It hops over curbs, cuts everyone off, and throttles out of town.
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (JKU)
Spoiler alert: the Wrangler doesn’t make it. In fact, someone did some cell phone shooting while the movie was in production. I remember seeing a clip of a Wrangler aggressively puking out its rear axle and differential. Turns out it was a scene from the movie and not an example of poor aftermarket modifications that we all thought it was. The thought process at the time was that something on the street had caught the Jeep and ripped the backend off. Nope, it was pyrotechnics.
The Wrangler is outfitted with side rails, a snorkel, a spotlight, and what appears to be a TV satellite antenna. The front bumper is a stock Jeep bumper. It’s also a great color. Sadly, this Wrangler dies quickly in the film.
2010 Toyota 4Runner
The overland star of the movie is the 4Runner. Well, at least it gets the most screen time. The 4Runner has a snorkel, bumper, a slight lift, the same satellite dish, roof rack, and some side rails. Pretty great upgrades overall. The 4Runner eventually suffers the same fate as the Wrangler. It’s a pretty great example of a great urban assault vehicle. Definitely mall crawler material if it isn’t being used appropriately in the woods.
I’ll withhold my overall judgement of the movie. I did enjoy the fact that the producers turned Bogota, Colombia into Southeast Asia for the film. Most Americans don’t travel enough anyway to be able to stop any noticeable differences. And it’s not like we’re traveling any time soon… Back to watching more Netflix.