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The Wall (2017) - Written Movie Review

Eddie here. I'm reviewing the 2017 War / Thriller film, The Wall, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Edge Of Tomorrow, and American Made) and stars John Cena and Aaron Taylor - Johnson. U.S. Soldiers Allan Isaac (Aaron Taylor- Johnson) and Shane Matthews (John Cena) answer a distress call in the desert of post-war Iraq. Suddenly, gunshots erupted, leaving Shane badly injured and Allen with a bullet in his leg. Forced to take cover behind a crumbling stone wall, Allen now finds himself in a fight for survival against an unseen sniper who has all the advantages. I thought this film was good, but it does have its share of problems. The performances from both John Cena and Aaron Taylor- Johnson were great, but I felt Aaron Taylor - Johnson stole the show for obviously reasons ,but I wont go into details into why because of crossing into spoiler territory. The cinematography is one of the best things about this film. The atmosphere of the desert in Iraq makes you feel you're in the movie and this film has little to no score which makes it feel more realistic. It has some intense scenes that work and I enjoyed the taunting that the sniper was playing on Aaron Tyler- Johnson. Its almost like watching Phone Booth with a war setting all rolled up into one film. As for my cons; even though I liked the cat and mouse game the sniper plays on Aaron Tyler -Johnson, I felt they didn't really do much with it due to the plot being very straight forward. There's so much more they could've done with the story but it's kept very simple. Even though the sniper's motive is believable, I did feel he was a rather simple villain that lacks depth. The film's ending is kept very ambiguous and you never get to see the enemy. It's an odd film done by Doug Liman because he's known for making great story-driven films that go into detail on what you are watching and he's known for doing some twists and turn plots. I felt like this is his most simplest told film of his career that I've personally seen. This film was very short-lived in theaters and it feels as if it was an WWE Productions made for straight-to-video. Not saying there's anything bad about WWE production films because I've liked some of their work in the past. With that said, I'm going to give The Wall a 6/10. It's a good rental. What were your thoughts on this film? Leave me a comment below and I'll see you on my next review.

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