Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena
Director Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) returns to the big screen with a small film, much smaller than his latest ventures. “The Wall” is a Hitchcockian layered thriller, set during the Iraq War circa 2007.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Issac, aka “Eyes” and John Cena stars as Matthews. They are a two soldier sniper team sent out to investigate an ambush that took place throughout a pipeline construction site. As they hide out for hours looking for any sign of the enemy or enemies that caused this vast array of death, they determine that they are alone, and wander out for a closer look, soon falling into a trap.
The remaining storyline is two soldiers getting wounded and going against something they can’t see, but who knows their every move. This is a cat and mouse thriller with a very good performance by Taylor-Johnson. It’s hard to believe that he’s “Kick-Ass” and “Quicksilver”. He has to do practically all the heavy lifting in the movie because it pretty much focuses solely on his character. He’s 95% of this movie. John Cena doesn’t have that much to do throughout the story, but he does a solid job in all of his scenes.
This is a very small, minimalistic movie. Almost like a stage play. I don’t even remember there being any music in it at all. As suspenseful as it was, the screws could have gotten a little bit tighter, but I am glad it stayed pretty realistic as a story and didn’t turn into super human heroics. Liman’s striking visuals and Taylor-Johnson’s gutsy performance makes this an enjoyable suspenseful film.
Grade 3.5 out of 5