Parents' Guide to

The Wall

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Strong language in bloody but very good war movie.

Movie R 2017 81 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Too much swearing, even for a war movie Do Not Watch!

There is way too much swearing, I stopped watching half way through. There are no good messages included. There is also bloody violence. I would not recommend this movie to anybody.
age 18+

Horrible terrorist propaganda

One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Makes our soldiers out to be stupid invaders, but the terrorist is a smart “freedom fighter”. HA! Freedom fighters don’t, how did he put it? Oh yea, “skin your bones, and tear out your tongue and staple it to your chest.” They’re nothing but animals.

Is It Any Good?

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This kind of compact storytelling can be difficult to pull off, but Dwain Worrell's screenplay makes it look easy; this is a tense, tight, bracing film, recalling many "B" movie classics. Worrell's work comes without any flashbacks or anything that takes viewers us away from the immediate action, but it still manages to reveal crucial background details in a convincing way. It also opens up the characters -- including the unseen sniper -- beyond simple archetypes.

Director Doug Liman turns in surprising, no-frills work here, closer to The Bourne Identity than to anything else in his filmography. He does revert to hand-held camerawork from time to time, but he also expertly establishes the entire space so that nothing ever jolts us out of the action. Liman also effectively ramps up the mood with a powerful suggestion of heat and exhaustion. Though The Wall is a good deal bloodier and more aggressive than earlier war films by the likes of Samuel Fuller, Don Siegel, and Anthony Mann, it still deserves comparison to them.

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