“ The Wall: This isn’t war. It’s a game. ”
Expected to hit theaters in limited release this weekend, the critics are already speaking their minds about The Wall. The movie is directed by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Ultimatum, Edge of Tomorrow), starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals, Kick-Ass, Savages, Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and WWE star John Cena (Trainwreck, Daddy’s Home). Screenplay by Dwain Worrel.
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Here are the critics’ thoughts:
Variety – Peter Debruge.
The Wall succeeds because of Worrell’s words, which cleverly circumvent obvious plot holes.
A lean, back-to-basics thriller.
Indiewire – David Ehrlich.
The director’s instincts are a bit too broad to sell the full psychic horror of this scenario, and Taylor-Johnson will never be accused of being able to shoulder a movie by himself, but a super coherent sense of space and a vivid feel for the environment help The Wall to remain upright to the end.
The Hollywood Reporter – Todd McCarthy.
While one can admire the commitment, technique, concentration and stamina required to keep the pressure cooker at maximum temperature, it still feels like an exercise, one so dramatically monotonous and tonally high-pitched that you want to escape almost as much as the characters do.
Screen International – Tim Grierson.
An effective, albeit somewhat artificial, exercise in suspense, The Wall derives much of its propulsion from Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s grunting, grimacing performance as a wounded US soldier squaring off with an unseen Iraqi sniper.
Movie Nation – Roger Moore.
A combat film that’s too much “Phone Booth,” and not enough “American Sniper.”
We Got This Covered – Matt Donato.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson deserves more credit as an actor, because he’s the only reason this Iraq War thriller hobbles steadily on two legs.
The Wall is a deadly psychological thriller that follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship.
- Director: Doug Liman.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli.
- Genres: Drama, Thriller.
- Runtime: 81min.
- MPAA Rating: R.
- Release Date: April 12, 2017.