This isn't war. It's a game.
An American sniper and his spotter engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with an Iraqi sniper.
An American sniper and his spotter engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with an Iraqi sniper.
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i paid money to see this because john cena was heavily advertised in all promotional material of this i saw, and his name was on the poster. wanted to see the utter legend, the absolute boy, the greatest of all men, the god among us mortals thrive on the big screen. he wasn't in most of it, and my disappointment turned into resentment. I DO NOT CARE ABOUT KICK ASS I CARE ABOUT THE MAN YOU CANNOT SEE FUCK THIS MOVIE
(it's honestly quite good till the end which is seismically shit)
It’s been the better part of a decade since “Buried,” “Devil,” and “Frozen” (the one about flesh-eating wolves, not the one about princesses) all hit theaters in the same year, and, for a moment there, it almost seemed as though the sub-genre those films share had started to lose its appeal. No such luck. Alas, we are still living in the golden age of single-location thrillers, even if most of them are bronze-level at best. If anything, Doug Liman’s passably entertaining new film suggests that we should brace ourselves for more such contained and claustrophobic exercises in suspense, whether we like them or not.
Arriving in theaters just a few weeks after the similarly scaled “Mine” was buried on VOD,…
A tense, tight, compelling, and perfectly paced psychological war thriller drama from director Doug Liman and first-time writer Dwain Worrell, The Wall is rich with gripping old-school suspense and features a career-best performance from Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
A small-scale thriller that crackles with the tension wrought by flying bullets and an unseen enemy, Doug Liman's "The Wall" provides controlled yet compelling desert drama. Taking place in an Iraq ravaged by conflict, Liman's smartly crafted film finds three characters locked in a cat and mouse game of wits and arms fire. Constructed in beats more reminiscent of a horror film than war drama, the work takes its audience through a taut, tightly managed adventure of stillness where the antagonist consistently has the upper hand. It may all lack staying power, but "The Wall" is crisp and effective.
Looking at Liman's filmography this seems like an odd choice for him. His films more often than not have a much larger scope than this single location film has.
I'd say that Liman's talent for directing action on a larger scale is this film's saving grace as there is a certain kinetic energy in The Wall that allows you to step over its far too simplistic nature and narrative.
I appreciated the dialogue much more than I initially expected. Usually in films like this, too much jabbering can get in the way of tension. The Wall also suffers from this, but Laith Nakli's outstanding voice acting and Taylor-Johnson's gung-ho energy managed to keep my interests alive during its lean running time.
The Wall is not exceptional, it's a solid film with its flaws compensated by the performers and the director. And a pretty nifty ending.
"From a place you will not see comes a sound you will not hear." ~ Isaac
This war film from director Doug Liman is about as situation-driven as a film can get ... a cat and mouse game between two American G.I.s and an Iraqi sniper who has the pinned down in the desert near the ruins of an old stone wall. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the soldier Sergeant Allen Isaac and John Cena is his buddy Staff Sergeant Shane Matthews. Their assailant Juba "The Ghost" (Laith Nakli) is known to them only by his voice and his bullets.
The scary part here, apart from the usual fears associated with war, is that Juba seems to know way too much about…
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“From a place you will not see comes a sound you will not hear”
Liman’s The Wall at its core is an atmospheric character study, with a flamboyant intensity. The first and last twenty or so minutes put forward an incredibly thrilling predicament, but struggles to really keep a vigorous momentum in its second act, where the stakes don’t necessarily stay high, and the running time feels rather stretched. That being said, it’s surprisingly emotionally rich, with a stellar performance from Aaron Taylor Johnson, who holds the film all by himself throughout.
Surprising to see such a big name like Doug Liman direct one of the smallest scaled movies of the year. I either really like one location movies or strongly dislike them and this one I'd say leans more towards the former. It's well acted especially by Taylor-Johnson, has solid direction from Liman and manages to be reasonably entertaining for most of its runtime. The film occasionally lost me but it for the most part manages to pick itself back up. But the big thing that nearly ruined this movie was the ending, one of the dumbest and poor endings I've seen in a movie all year, it really left me cold. But overall with a talent such as Doug Liman behind the camera, I did expect a little more than just a solid movie but it's fine for what it is and definitely gets the job done. It's worth a watch somewhere down the line.
Since my friend and I were the only people in attendance for most of the pre-show, we got to chatting with our server. At one point we asked him his thoughts about the movie and, in a moving display of candor, he explained to us that he is a military veteran - eight years of service - and that he had a really tough time adjusting to civilian life after his discharge. To that end, he apologized to us in advance and said he wouldn't be working with us throughout the film; movies like 'The Wall' put him in a "bad emotional place," and he had arranged with his manager to have another server cover the theater once the movie…
Actually, I consider this to be one of Liman's best films. I'm more accustomed to Liman films being more visceral and kinetic while somewhat grand in scope. This film is not that. It is a character driven-boxed in suspense drama set almost strictly face-first on the dusty ground in a hiding spot.
The concept of THE WALL, that of a two-man military team being pinned down (largely in the wide open) behind a brick wall by a top-notch sniper at 1.5 km while also sharing communication via a radio channel with the assassin, is inherently riveting. Because of minimal range of movement the character has as a result of being cornered by the crack-shot killer, THE WALL feels a bit…
super cool, contained concept with a fucking weird, abrupt-ass ending. john cena is v good.
I'm predicting that when russman reviews this, it's going to be along the lines of celebrating the John Cena vs The Wall dream match we always wanted.
The Wall is fine, if predictably limited entertainment. Throughout it I couldn't shake off the feeling that it was Doug Liman looking for something quick and easy to do in-between Tom Cruise films, and that's ok. I am always interested in big budget directors who shrink back into low budget territory for one reason or another.
This did always feel a bit limiting for a director of Liman's abilities and flair for action scenes. It relies heavily on its two leads to be convincing as there's actually very little action here, working more…
The movie uses John Cena properly.
Yes I watched another movie. Shocking? I watch the movie The Wall starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena. Based on a true story. It’s about 2 American soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only a unsteady wall between them. I wanted to see this movie after the movie trailer, back in 2017. Now I finally did and it’s a good movie. This isn’t your typical war movie. There’s a lot of dialogue between Isaac and Juba ( the sniper) not much action scenes. Aaron Taylor-Johnson did a good job. You can feel his emotion of trying to survive from the sniper. John Cena was good also, brief role. If you are interested in a good war movie about soldiers trying to survive. This movie is for you. If you want to watch a movie just to pass the time. Enjoy this one. My rating is 5/10. #thewall #aarontaylorjohnson #johncena #soldiers #sniper
Good movie but the ending was flat so I take a star away. This movie takes my perspective of bland Aaron Taylor Johnson from Godzilla to a good performance as well as likeable John Cena’s stiffness of lying on the dirt manning a sniper.
No pestañé en toda la película. Qué buen producto.
El final es para agarrarse la cabeza.
A really thrilling contained thriller but I really hated the ending.
So I had to watch this movie for federal government for extra credit. The movie was good but the ending was stupid.
Great game of psychological warfare, chess, cat and mouse, whatever you want to call it. Ending was a little alright, but compared to the original ending, definitely would of want to see that one instead.
En Youtube sigo un canal que recopila los trailers de las películas que se estrenan en España, gracias a eso estoy al tanto de todo lo que llega a nuestras carteleras y selecciono aquello que tarde o temprano quiero ver. Este título me llamo más o menos la atención, pero nunca me decidí a verlo hasta hoy.
El guion parte de una premisa sencilla en la que tres personajes llevan totalmente el peso del film. En este aspecto guarda mucha relación con otros títulos de pocos personajes como ‘Phone Booth’. Tanto aquella como está basan gran parte de su encanto en su antagonista, ese que nos mantiene en vilo y angustiados porque no sabemos cómo y cuándo va a reaccionar.…
I was actually headed to bed, but my mom called me down to watch this with her, so I obliged.
It was surprisingly more decent than I expected.
Granted, I made it only after about 45-ish minutes of the film had passed, but from then, I dug the slow-paced, character-driven narrative it tracks, even if the payoff is lackluster.
Aaron Taylor Johnson does the best that he can with what he's given, and John Cena has some awesome struggle-crawl sequences. He's a live performer; he's really just good at acting hurt, and I love the guy.
But yeah, The Wall is intriguing enough, but I frankly hadn't gotten acquainted enough with the material to give it any higher rating than that, and I have no real intention on doing it over to find out.
The Wall é um prato cheio de apreensão do incio ao fim,com uma história bem básica que cumpre o que promete e não te deixa na mão.
Duración: 81 min.
País: Estados Unidos
Dirección: Doug Liman
He leído algunos reviews de esta película en IMDb y realmente creo que son un poco injustos. Es un thriller psicológico que, naturalmente, necesita de un setup donde haya pocas alternativas que coloquen al protagonista en una situación psicológicamente angustiante.
Me parece increíble la actuación de Aaron Taylor Johnson, sobre todo cuando por fin entiende cuál es la localización de su enemigo. La mayor parte de su rostro está oculta por su arma, así que esa magnífica actuación la realiza solo con su ojo izquierdo. Toda la información que necesitamos la otorga el director a través de varias escenas que, sin embargo, están intercaladas con diálogos que sutilmente revelan…
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