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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
ActionSuspenseDramaMilitary and War
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3.9 out of 5 stars

719 global ratings

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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.
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.
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?'
Fred WrightReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Reasonably good but ruined by a ridiculous ending.
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Reasonably good and suspense film and would have been 4 stars if not for the ridiculous ending that more or less ruined it. Before that it felt similar to Phone Booth in tone except with a military setting.

Prior to the stupid ending however there are some plot holes that are quite annoying. The moment he saw and then retrieved the second radio I assumed his intention was to either use the antenna from it as a replacement on his or use his battery to power it if necessary. Instead he gives up on this idea entirely the moment he gets it and only seems to even bother trying it hours later... which immediately works and is very easy to do leaving the only conclusion as to why he didn't do it sooner being that he is either stupid or it is just a plot device. Either way it doesn't remotely explain why somehow his radio is blocked from transmitting and no one can hear him.

Next issue is how long it takes for him to think about retrieving the rifle despite having paracord and plenty of long enough bits of wood around to reach it with. Also that he appears to think using the one bullet he has for it is the only solution when he could just fire his pistol or assault rifle into the air to alert the incoming helicopters. Hell, considering that throughout the film he is wearing an assault vest with 6 magazines on it, which is way more than a spotter would carry as it would be prohibitive to lying down prone for hours he pretty much could have just stuck the rifle through a crack in the wall and peppered the entire hill. Maybe if he had used that to put down suppressing fire on the hill rather than firing it into the air the sniper could have made the shot or got to cover without getting killed. Even though it likely would have been well out of the effective range of the weapon it would still make you want to keep your head down.

None of the soldiers on the helicopters seem to exercise any basic logic or even bother listening to him anyway leading up to the ridiculous ending where the enemy sniper apparently downs two helicopters with his rifle... at which point you might as well just assume the guy is some kind of malevolent deity.
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Tatuim6Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
best movie ever
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Good acting

but great story concept
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.
MR R.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not the best film
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To summarise; it's an 6 out of 10 film for me. Quality of the product was excellent, just the film was not that great!
Mr S RandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 November 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad
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A bit more thought, good.
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