Film Screening 11th May, 2017

Poster for The Wall

The Wall 

7:30 PM, 11th May, 2017

  • TBC
  • 81 mins
  • 2017
  • Doug Liman
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli

A sniper and his spotter (John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are on a routine patrol in the Iraqi desert when they come across an expensive car that looks to have been freshly attacked.

Upon investigation the sniper is hit by an opposing sniper. His spotter makes it to cover behind a small solitary wall in the middle of an open area, only to find that their radio signal has been hijacked by the enemy sniper. With no means of rescuing his exposed partner or radioing for help, a game of cat and mouse is on – with a human being for bait.

The plot reads like a cheap bottle-episode of a CBS action show rather than the blockbuster fare that we usually see from director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow, Mr and Mrs Smith), but in reality it is just an excuse to ratchet up the tension rather than the budget.

The film takes many cues from similarly-plotted horror fare, particularly Saw and Buried, but transposes them to a war-action-thriller setting. The result is surprisingly effective and really demonstrates how overarching tone can change the feel of similar material. The Wall does a surprising amount with very few ingredients.

Adam Gould