In a remote corner of the Iraqi desert, two wounded U.S. soldiers (John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are pinned down by an enemy sniper. As their assailant taunts them over the radio, the duo try to scramble to safety with only a crumbling stone wall as cover. Directed by Doug Liman (Swingers, Edge of Tomorrow).~Violet LeVoit
"Facts from the Front Lines: A Visual Journey Through The Wall" Featurette
Audio Commentary with Director Doug Liman and Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Doug Liman (director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow) shapes a script by Dwain Worrell into an unconventional war film that is basically once solider against another. Set against the backdrop of the Iraq War circa 2007, The Wall, focuses on two expert snipers from both sides and takes you deep into the psychology of what it means to be pinned down with no where left to turn but wit, limited resources, training, and survival instincts, The movie is well acted all around and Aaron-Taylor Johnson gives a raw physical portrayal of an American solider stuck in the desert heat and in the line of fire. Even though the film is light on big action sequences The Wall has a ticking clock urgency that keeps you on the edge of your seat and is given first class treatment by a first class director who knows how to push the action/thriller genre and surprise you while keeping you invested in the characters.
Shot on 16mm film the Blu Ray looks fantastic and preserves the sun scorched, desert feel while maintaining sharp details while the lossless DTS-HD soundtrack delivers precise dialogue which is key along with well placed and occasionally hard hitting sound effects.
Highly recommended for Doug Liman fans and thriller enthusiasts looking for something different.