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The Wall is a war film released on May 12, 2017.

Aaron Johnson and John Cena play two American soldiers patrolling the deserts of Iraq who find themselves in a deadly game of cat and mouse against a sniper, with only an old and crumbling wall as protection.

View the trailer here.


This film provides examples of:

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: This is how Ize manages to locate Juba’s hideout. He takes in consideration several factors like the delay between the bullet hitting the ground and the gunshot sound, the angle in which the bullet that hit him entered his leg and, most importantly, the background noise in Juba’s radio call.
  • Boom, Headshot!: All of the contractors and PMCs were offed this way. Okay, fine, so one without a head shot.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: The sniper team is this to a private security detail that called in a hostile sniper, the sniper already took them all out. Turns out that this is the modus operandi of the Iraqi sniper. Start shooting, wait for them to call in more targets and finish them off.
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  • Cluster F-Bomb: Almost the entirety of the film's dialogue is this.
  • Cold Sniper: The sniper is an incredible shot, and though his voice has some emotion, it's mostly him taunting the two about how there's no hope for them and their deaths are inevitable. He might be a pro.
  • Downer Ending: The heroes die and the villain wins.
  • I Meant to Do That: The Iraqi sniper claims he was aiming for specific equipment items when targeting Isaac. Though he might be a pro and actually did aim for them.
  • I Shall Taunt You: The sniper constantly mocks the two over the radio, like when their supply of water runs out.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The Iraqi sniper is a really good shot. Taking out some dozen men with headshots and sniping down helicopters.
  • Just Toying with Them: The sniper taunts the two over the radio that he'll enjoy slowly whittling them down before killing them, and deliberately lands several painful but not immediately lethal shots.
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  • Nothing Is Scarier: Not afraid of the wall, but what might be behind it.
  • Oh, Crap!: One of the soldiers attempts to radio for help, only for the sniper's voice to answer instead of his commanding officer.
  • Recycled In Space: Phone Booth in the Iraqi desert!
  • Sniper Duel: The two struggle with their limited resources to figure out where the sniper is so they can fight back.
  • To the Pain: The sniper says by the time he's through with them, their own families won't recognize them.
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