U.S. Sergeants Allen Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Shane Matthews (WWE's John Cena) are investigating a pipeline construction site in a desert of Iraq. When he heads into open space, Matthews is shot by an Iraqi sniper, leaving Isaac to take cover and form a rescue plan behind an unsteady, crumbling wall. What unfolds is as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship in the toughest of conditions.
Superior drama about two GIs pinned down in the desert by a sniper at the end of the 2007 war in Iraq. One’s shot in the open while the other takes refuge behind a crumbling wall. It develops into a battle of wits between him and the unseen sniper. How good can a minimalist single-location film be? Gripping when you put Doug Liman (director of The Bourne Ultimatum) behind the camera. On a raft of excellent DVD Xtras he explains how he sought inspiration from Lumet’s single-location Twelve Angry Men and how he structured the film in 10-minute sections to keep the surprises coming (DO NOT watch the tell-all trailer). And those sandstorms (filmed in the Mojave Desert) are real.