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The Wall

6.21 h 29 min2017X-RayHDRUHD18+
A deadly psychological thriller that follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them.
Doug Liman
Aaron Taylor-JohnsonJohn CenaLaith Nakli
ActionDramaMilitary and War
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3.9 out of 5 stars

705 global ratings

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JudgeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 February 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Low budget wonder wall!
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Wasn't expecting much from this really but was pleasantly surprised. The acting was good which is crucial in a film like this with the limited amount of characters and action. It kept the tension up all the way through despite being very predictable. Some will moan it's not accurate with regards to the military aspects and unrealistic with certain shall we say "shoot the wings off a fly at 500 yards type shots" but it is a work of fiction and should be allowed a certain artistic licence. If you are a bit of an OCD military perfectionist this probably isn't for you! There are better films out there but this is certainly watchable and much better than most low budget films. It definitely looks quite polished and worthy a viewing!
17 people found this helpful
CartimandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gripping if slightly implausible thriller
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Quite a curious little movie this. I mean little as in the minuscule cast and curious as in being heavily weighted towards the psychological rather than conventional war action. The entire central section of the movie is dominated by dialogue between the sniper and the wounded soldier pinned-down behind the eponymous wall. A few of the twists and occasionally quirky dialogue did strain my credulity at times, but it all held my interest enough through to the abruptly brutal ending (which hints at a possible sequel?).
Overall definitely worth a look, although you may feel a bit short-changed by the conclusion.
13 people found this helpful
NapoleonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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During late 2007, with the Iraq War winding down and the Americans declaring victory, teams of construction workers are contracted to help repair the devastated infrastructure of the country.

Called to the location of a team of pipeline workers, sniper sergeant Shane Matthews (JOHN CENA) and spotter Allen Isaac (AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON) arrive to find all the men shot dead, apparently killed by a skilled Iraqi marksman. The Americans cautiously survey the area but there are no signs of enemy activity and they finally decide to investigate the scene.

Suddenly the duo find themselves under accurate rifle fire and both are quickly wounded, the sergeant seriously. Isaac takes shelter behind a low, slowly crumbling wall and finds his radio to be damaged. So begins a deadly game of stealth as Iraqi sharpshooter Juba (voiced by LAITH NAKLI) taunts his adversary while waiting for a clear shot as the wall falls bit by bit…

THE WALL is one of those deliciously claustrophobic thrillers with a small cast and single location – think along the lines of PHONE BOOTH and BURIED – which is skilfully directed by DOUG LIMAN. Despite its thin plot and at times slow pacing, the film nevertheless has moments of shock and high tension. It is shot with realism in mind. For once the Americans are the powerless underdogs as Juba constantly outwits them and, much like the truck driver in DUEL, the Iraqi sniper is never seen. This all helps add to the uneasy atmosphere.

Admittedly, THE WALL is not for everyone and those who enjoy films with plenty of big-budget CGI, car chases and explosions will be highly disappointed and possibly even bored to tears despite its length of only 89 minutes. Yet it does give us a glimpse into the life of a sharpshooter on the modern battlefield and several times we see through the scope of sniper rifles which only adds to the realism that LIMAN is striving for. Making no definite judgements on the Iraq War and containing neither heroes or villains – although the characters can be identified as either depending on our point of view – THE WALL also has a climactic ending worth waiting for.

Bonus features on PRIME include 11 Behind The Scenes photographs (although a picture of JOHN CENA is incorrectly attributed to AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON) and 7 snippets of trivia information.
WinterpantsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Starts well, hits the wall.
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There's some good stuff here; it's gritty, attempts realism and the story is fairly original. However, there are some things that stop it being a good film; the first groan-out-load moment is when the sniper manages to take out a soldier's radio antenna, water bottle and hit a specific artery in the soldier's leg at a distance of several hundred metres while the soldier is running from side to side. Then the film can't make up its mind whether the sniper wants the soldier dead or wants to chat to him. When he gets the chance to kill him, he doesn't, then when he flees back to cover, he tries to. When the soldier is hiding, the sniper tries to get him to give away his position to shoot him, then decides he'd rather not. Then there's the plot that's like that real life story of the guy who started with a staple and traded it up until he ended with a piece of land in Serbia. Our sniper starts with a contractor and keeps luring bigger fish in until he's killed half of the US army single handed. And they still don't realise there's a sniper at large. Doh.
The whole thing sags in the middle and the ending is so underwhelming that you are left with a feeling of 'is that it?'
AngieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliantly acted
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I don't like this genre of film, not at all. I thought I'd give it a go though because of the unusual concept of it. ie very small cast. even smaller location. I thought everything in this film was very well done. The dialogue was intricate and the delivery superb. Given the conditions the actors were under, by that I mean they couldn't move from their small area, and the obvious heat and dust etc. I think they were superb. I did get a little bored half way through, when nothing much was happening, which is why I docked it a star. However, if I'm honest it's because, as I said, I'm just not into this type of film. I'm trying to be objective though and the acting by Aaron Taylor Johnson was extraordinary and though I'm not an American I couldn't hear any English slips in his accept which he kept even and convincing. One small thing I'd critique is that when Matthew was sighting in his original position he had one eye closed. I'm pretty sure that American snipers keep both eyes open at all times when shooting. Anyway, this film is certainly worth a look and I don't feel I've wasted my time watching it.
jonny BoyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 November 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pointlessly Stressful, I'd never watch it again.
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Spoiler alert... We all enjoy a realistic war movie, but this is nothing other than a very stressful watch, with an appallingly bad cliff hanger ending. Obviously war rarely ends well, but this movie favours the enemy in every way and makes you hate them even more. It's also one of those movies where the protagonists never do the obvious, so you end up shouting advice at the tv, and then get stressed when they do the complete opposite. After being pinned down behind a wall for 24 hours, by a sniper who killed your buddy and every other member of your team,,,,, you'd think that when the chopper arrived with a machine gun on board, the only remaining soldier would warn them about the sniper, give them an idea where the sniper was and tell them to smoke the area with everything they've got. Instead, the only squaddie left just gets onto the chopper and it gets blown out of the sky shortly after take off, so he ends up right back where he was again. One of those movies where the director just appears to want to piss off the audience and leave them feeling more stressed than the soldier trapped behind the wall. I would never watch this movie again, wish I'd not watched it in the first place and would never recommend it to anyone. If you're looking for a good war movie watch Hurt Locker, or Fury, if you haven't already.
Nick SouthornReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 April 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good
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I really expected to dislike this film and while it has it’s faults (such as some very questionable tactical assumptions), it is a very watchable film. The acting is overly-forced in parts but I think that gives the film a certain charm. I was in Iraq in 2003 and they have managed to recreate the baron, dusty, lonely atmosphere very well.
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TenorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
a psychological sniper story
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This is one of the better sniper duel films I have seen in a while. It remains on set, focusing on individuals in the present, rather than relying on takeaways to backstory, keeping the viewed engaged in the moment.

Generally, as a biggie with limited experience of firearms and warfare other than reading, the film seemed realistic in its handling of sniping, though there was some very overt over-explanation to demonstrate the knowledge of this in-film that a fighting professional should not needed to do.

There are a few cliches that detract from reality; the usual obligation to remove a bullet from a wound, though even some people in the forces that are not medically trained May still have this impression. The apparent disregard for terminal ballistics at supersonic velocities also spring to mind, though the story, it's setting and the kinematics themselves are very solid for a narrow, but very detailed and focused story.
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