Flash Movie Review: The Wall

THE weather was so cold his face felt like it had no flexibility. He had to squint because when the wind kicked up, his eyes would water and he was afraid the tears would freeze on his face. Though he had a short walk to school, he had wished the school would have closed for a snow day. Bundled up in a thick, puffy blue colored jacket, his winter boots were almost too heavy to lift up as he walked through the snow. He wore a stocking cap on his head; around his neck was a long dark scarf with small tassels knotted on the ends. Only two blocks away and he thought his hat had flown off of his head. That would have been the best scenario; instead, it was in the hand of a boy who bullied him from time to time. The bully was taller so dangled the stocking hat just high enough beyond the boy’s outstretched hand. Taunting him the bully would lower the hat for a moment until the boy would try to jump up to grab his hat back; but each time the bully jerked his arm up higher as he teased him to try harder. This wicked game would only last a minute before the bully smashed the hat into the boy’s face, knocking him down in the snow.     RECENTLY a friend of mine was telling me about his school years. We got on the subject of group dynamics within the classroom and he wound up talking about a girl in his class who always wore her hair in pigtails. A week never went by without at some point this girl having something done to her hair. I was stunned as my friend told me about some of the ways this girl was teased by a couple of bullies in the class. The tips of the hair had been dipped in glue, paint, and lip balm among other liquids or had silly hand written notes taped at the ends. Since I was teased and picked on during my school years, I immediately felt sadness for this girl as I listened to my friend talk about it. Being taunted is bad enough, bring a gun into the mix and I felt awful for the soldiers in this dramatic war thriller.     WITH only a dilapidated wall separating them a sniper plays a cat and mouse game of nerves with American soldiers Isaac and Matthew, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals, Kick-Ass franchise) and John Cena (Trainwreck, The Marine). This movie quickly started building the tension up after a few frames of film. With Laith Nakli (The Visitor, Amira & Sam) as Juba, I thought the idea for the story was not only valid, but easy to identify with even if one had not done any service in the military. There was talk about this being John’s breakout role in drama but for me Aaron was the one who did an excellent intense job. Though the story grabbed me quickly, it only lasted for a short time as the scenes started to feel no different from each other. I think the script was limited due to the amount of characters; the story just wilted away until closer to the end. Granted it could not have been easy being in one locale and little to work with; however, the trailer and beginning almost felt like it was teasing the viewer to watch for something bigger to take place that never happened.

 

2 stars  

 

 

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 18, 2017, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. The trailer does look like it would be a good psychological concept.

    • If you see this I would enjoy hearing your thoughts. Thank you for the comments.

      • Nope, too expensive not being a sure thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love movies AND seeing them in a theater. In fact we’re getting our old one revamped with reclining seats which would be hard for me to use anyway. But it’s so expensive. And you need popcorn, right? Of course! Prices for what my grandson orders as a large combo – popcorn and drink, is $12.95, candy- $4.25, etc. Even on a cheap ticket Tuesday, which goes for five dollars, you can’t afford the “snacks”. Since I don’t drink fizzy beverages anyway, I sneak in my own water. Sorry to go on here, but it’s my excuse for only seeing a few large screened movies. Most can be watched at home on my iPad. I like your reviews, helps me decide what’s “worth” watching in a big theater.

      • Thank you for your comments. I agree with you about the expense for the snacks; that is why plastic sandwich bags filled with special treats from home are so important. lol

        I am happy you find my reviews worthwhile; one of my goals is to save movie lovers money. Once again thank you.

  2. Finally someone who knows to make short moviereviews. All I need to know if I want to see it or not is there, and nothing more. Enjoying your blog.

  3. Judging by the trailer, this is another film about military operations. It is always tension and blood. But your description was intriguing. I think it’s worth a look.

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