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.
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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.
"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…
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…
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.
doug liman's the wall, could have been easily be my number one favorite movie of 2017 and for a good reason, the first half is amazing liman's take on the war is brutal, honest and thrilling as hell. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as always did not failed me, giving a truly good performance, a performance truly heartbreaking that you felt for his character, oh and who knew that john cena is a good actor, I thought that he was a dead meme.
So what happened, well through the end of the movie, "the wall" started to lose some of his steam, there were scenes that were dragging, sometimes it was because of the dialogue between Isaac (Aaron's character) and juba (laith nakli…
super cool, contained concept with a fucking weird, abrupt-ass ending. john cena is v good.
While there was a lot to like about Lima's setup and ATJ's performance it ultimately felt long and a little pointless, the brief attempts at finding some meaning simply added runtime.
In my humble opinion this is a near perfect psychological thriller. I don’t know if it was inspired by Phone Booth or not but it takes that concept of a guy trapped in a spot talking with a sniper who’s holding him hostage, to a new level. Arron Taylor-Johnson and Laith Nakli play so well off one another. But ATJs performance is one of his best thus far. You really feel his pain and struggles against this enemy sniper. The surprise for me though was John Cena. Dudes got chops and props must be given when props are due. He really nailed his character. Doug Liman though is the real star. He killed it. The film is basically devoid of music so all you have is camera, dialogue, sound design, and the actor(s). It’s masterfully crafted and nail bitingly intense. Excellent.
Man was really a superhuman sniper that could lay in the scolding heat for hours to then shoot down a heli with ease.
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For being a short movie, it sure didn't feel short. This was defined as a thriller and I think that gave me expectations that weren't met. It wasn't the worst movie but there are MANY better war movies. Plus the ending wasn't great and seemed a little ridiculous.
Esse é um daqueles filmes que me deixou tensa do início ao fim, muito bom, adorei as atuações e também em como eles desenvolvem a história e mostram a realidade da guerra no lado americano e iraquiano e ao mesmo tempo criticam o que acontece ali em volta, como as motivações e consequências até entender o porque de muitos insistirem a permanecer naquela guerra que não trás benefícios para ninguém, só mais dor e sofrimento, curti bastante e a última cena foi algo que me surpreendeu bastante, muito bom!
This movie is really great, but idk about the last 10 seconds.
slow but intense movie. ending was super unsuspecting and unfulfilling. made me hate it it in the best way possible.
Incredibly tense and surprisingly cinematic experience.
ATJ's face is so versatile (or maybe just so white and basic) that he can (or mayhaps could, when he was younger) easily pull of any white man ever. like he can do Logan Lerman if we straighten his hair (as seen in "angus, thongs and the perfect snogging"), he can pull off full Timothee Chalamet, he can pull of Henry Cavill, McAvoy and Fassbender with properly styled hair and beard (at this point you may say "hmm, seems like a bunch of british (except for Chalamet boy) men", but it gets better. in this one, in my humble opinion, he's pulling off full fucking Chris Evans look. we could just put ATJ in every movie ever and no one…
Not as good as enemy at the gates but still pretty thrilling and will hook you.
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