Details from IMDB:

The Wall (2017)

6.4/10

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Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them.

Director:

Doug Liman

Writer:

Dwain Worrell

Initial Thoughts:
My wife wanted to see Snatched (unfortunately I saw it another night) but a couple of weeks ago it was sold out and we ended up going to this. I like military movies so I hoped it would be better than the rating it got on IMDB.
Main Points:
This is a very simple movie. Two soldiers are sent out to investigate the death of some contractors, their security personnel, at the site of an oil pipeline. Words on the screen tells us this is at the end of the second Dessert Storm in 2007, in Iraq of course.
I thought Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena both did a good job, with what they had. The movie really doesn’t have much for them to do. I’m getting ahead of myself though. Normally I don’t go through the plot but here it’s so short I’ll go a little deeper. So it turns out, despite the two soldiers arguing, that their is an enemy sniper nearby. He is apparently the most lethal sniper alive as he shoots to wound both troops, hits their water bottles and the antenna used to call for help! If all that wasn’t enough he then tries to pretend to be an American so he can trick the surviving guy to standing up and revealing himself.
The movie turns into the enemy sniper and the remaining US troop having this bizarre conversation while the US troop tries desperately for a way to kill the Iraqi and save his friend. I’ll said a lot so
SPOILER ALERT!
In the end while help finally shows up, and you think he has killed the Iraqi sniper, nope! Super-sniper is not only still alive but now manages to shoot down two helicopters! It’s a surprising ending but is so far-fetched that it destroys the credibility of the whole film.
Final Thoughts:
I found even though it’s only 1.5 hours I still got bored at times. There are some interesting ideas brought up about war and the true meaning of a terrorist. There is also a secret that the US trooper reveals which was an ok surprise but ultimately I was disappointed. I actually did like the ending, if you accept this as a horror movie and not a military drama so I do give it 6 out of 10 and only the mildest recommendation, do yourself a favor and see Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 instead, or maybe wait for something else. Please don’t bring children, plenty of violence and coarse language, ages 17+.