Review: The Wall a Unique War Movie That Won’t Be Shot Down

Review: The Wall a unique war movie that won’t be shot down   The Wall trailer  The Wall is a deadly psychological thriller that follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship

Directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Edge of Tomorrow”), stars Aaron Taylor Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals,” “Godzilla,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and WWE star John Cena (“Trainwreck,” “Sisters,” “Daddy’s Home”) (2017) John Cena in a scene from The Wall Rating: threeand a half stars (3 5 out of 5) Director: Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity)

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli Playing the partition to perfection Here is a war movie every bit as different and diverting as the great Dunkirk, yet reduced to the most minimal scale imaginable While in Dunkirk, some 400,000 fighters must be rescued from a beach over the course of a week, in The Wall there are just two American soldiers that need to survive a daylong surveillance mission Of course, The Wall is not in the same league as Dunkirk, but it is not without its unique merits considering its brutally simple approach

Aaron Taylor-Johnson often looks straight through the title character of The Wall A stark screen caption in the opening minutes informs us it is 2007 America’s war on terror in Iraq has just been announced to the world as officially over However, there are still plenty of highly militant, heavily armed holdouts who are yet to get the memo, and are merrily attacking US troops whenever and wherever they get the chance This is the story of one small skirmish which builds into one big battle of wills

A desert oil pipeline in urgent need of repair by civilian contractors is locked in the crosshairs of a rogue Iraqi sniper Every single worker on the site is already dead when a pair of American soldiers arrive to investigate the scene In a matter of minutes, they become this unnamed (and unseen) gunman’s prime targets Now you see him John Cena in The Wall

The marksman of the duo, Matthews (John Cena) takes a bullet very early in proceedings, and is left lying helplessly exposed in the blistering heat His spotter, Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), has cover behind the remnants of a brick wall, and limited means with which to turn the tables on the enemy For much of the film, the exact position of the gunman remains in dispute All we can really see as viewers is either what he can see down the barrel of his long-range rifle, or what Isaacs can make out through cracks in his protective wall With so little to work with, it is remarkable to witness how efficiently director Doug Liman and his small cast and crew are able to work over an audience

The Wall in The Wall stands a great chance of winning Best Supporting Structure at the next Oscars Minor details such as a sudden gust of wind, the subtle movement of a confectionery wrapper, and the angle of the sun overhead take on a major significance As does a continually opening and closing line of communication between Isaac and his ruthless tormentor (whose voice is richly conveyed by actor Laith Nakli) Short, sharp and shocking stuff, with an unexpected and provocative ending well worth sticking around for