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What about The Wall?

I’m disappointed with you, Cena. You should’ve used that “You can’t see me” trick to get away from there.

SPOILER ALERT!

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Yesterday, I watched the second most disappointing Sniper War movie in my entire life. Next to Steven Seagal’s movie Sniper: Special Ops being number one most disappointing, where he spent more than half of the film sitting inside an empty house with his dying comrade. Have you watched The Wall starring John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson? It was a real drama but if you have an experience with shooting high caliber firearms which my dad and I used to do every weekends, you’ll probably get pissed off right away and I’ll tell you why.

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Again, this is just my opinion. I also included my personal alteration on how the movie should have ended for me.

Let’s start with… I’m so disappointed with you, John Cena. I know you should not be the one to blame because you’re just doing what in the script says. Staff Sergeant Shane Matthews is a sniper, a well-trained long range shooter capable of not just clean head shots but also reconnaissance and camouflage. I’m sorry, folks. I just can’t believe he just died there because of these 5 reasons:

1. He didn’t believe his spotter

A sniper’s spotter is his best buddy. In sniper movies, the spotter is the one who usually carries that odd-looking scope beside the sniper. His job is to spot enemy movements inside the perimeter. In this movie, Sergeant Allen Isaac is the spotter and the one who reported that enemy sniper is a “pro” for killing his targets with mostly head shots. But he didn’t believe him and instead decided to do something a normal sniper would not do, and that’s…

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2. Walking in the kill zone

Can you believe that? It’s stupid and it’s suicide. Even a starfish knows moving towards death is a bad idea, but Shane did it anyway. And there he is, shot somewhere on his body, lying face-down on the ground. And it all happens because of his…

3. Lack of patience

When dad first allowed me to fire a sniper rifle, he told me two things: (one) “The hardest part in shooting is when not to shoot” and (two), “Patience before pulling the trigger.” Despite hearing Allen’s assessment and warning, Shane still chose to walk down there to collect the dead security guards’ radios. Although I think even doing it after a week will still get him killed, it’s obvious that the enemy sniper has just simply outmatched them.

4. He’s not cautious

If you are a sniper and good at hunting, you could bet your enemy is good at it too. If I’m in Shane’s boots, I would think that he could still be out there. Proceeding with caution is a must. I’ll be moving slowly, crouching to every object I could find. I could also do that booty dance. It’s always better to dance your booty behind a wall than in the open.

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5. Random shot

It’s a good try since that’s his only opportunity to strike back. but if I were him, given the fact that the enemy sniper is a pro, I would have no choice but to rely on his professionalism to survive. I won’t waste my rounds targeting a well-hidden enemy. Here’s how I’m going to do it:

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Let’s say I’m in his situation where I’m lying down on the ground. I’ll start by considering all the aspects around me: That includes my partner who is still alive and distracting the enemy via radio conversation, my rifle is just inches away from my hands, the desert is providing me a good cover, and my wound is temporarily treated by the time it touched the ground. With all these aspects and where the shots came from finally determined, I will not waste my remaining strength giving the mountain of scraps a cold barrage of rounds like what he did. Instead, I will hug my rifle, roll towards the drums within the flying sand, and restart the shooting game once and for all. I don’t know why the writer chose what just happened but it makes sense to me why the movie is titled “The Wall” and not “The Sniper” or “The Spotter”. I’m not going to tell you what happened in the end. Piece of advice: The Wall is not a war movie, but drama.

 

By Cinderella
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