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Doug Liman’s small-scale war movie pits two American soldiers (John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the latter looking like Jake Gyllenhaal and talking like Casey Affleck and acquitting himself admirably) against an Iraqi sniper in the pipelined, post-war wasteland. The sniper has the clear advantage: they don’t know where he is, and their only cover is the crumbling stone wall of a former schoolhouse. But before he blows their brains out, he wants to get inside their heads, so he commandeers their communications and strikes up a conversation. Where are you from? Why are you here? Etc.Taylor-Johnson plays along, hoping to buy the time necessary to rescue his unconscious and bleeding friend, tend to his own wounds, radio for help, and, somehow, locate and engage his adversary — who naturally has plans of his own. Their talk is like the desert wind: rising up and falling still, obscuring and clarifying, eddying and sweeping. Their conflicts are several: training vs. technology, resource vs. rage, and finally, guilt vs. revenge. Liman does good work in making the disembodied voice into a man, and in fitting a dialogue-heavy drama into the framework of an action film where the action is minimal but definitely not minor. 2017.

Showtimes

AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

9:40pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

9:30pm

Wednesday, May 24

11:35am, 4:35pm, 9:40pm

Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-674-6164 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

10:30pm

Wednesday, May 24

11:10am, 10:50pm

LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA, 858-777-0069 | Directions

Wednesday, May 24

12:30pm

LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

Wednesday, May 24

7:30pm

Thursday, May 25

7:30pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

Wednesday, May 24

4:00pm, 6:30pm

Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

9:45pm

Wednesday, May 24

1:20pm, 4:25pm, 7:15pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

8:00pm, 10:30pm

Wednesday, May 24

2:10pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

Thursday, May 25

2:10pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

7:55pm, 10:25pm

Wednesday, May 24

12:20pm, 3:00pm, 7:55pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

Tuesday, May 23

10:10pm

Wednesday, May 24

11:45am, 2:35pm, 5:05pm, 7:35pm, 10:10pm

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