Iraq Vet Calls Out All the Mistakes in John Cena's War Movie: "None Of It Makes Sense"

Iraq Vet Calls Out All the Mistakes in John Cena's War Movie:
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All is fair in love and war, and when it comes to this movie about war, the criticism seems more than fair.


  • Jay Dorleus criticized The Wall for its unrealistic depiction of the Iraq war zone.
  • With 20 years in the military behind him, Dorleus has a keen eye for inaccuracies.
  • One scene in the movie was so far-fetched that even the general audience questioned it.

In the world of film, there is a fine line between fact and fiction. When it comes to movies based on real-life events, directors work hard to stay true to their source material while adding dramatic flair for entertainment purposes. At the end of the day, no audience wants to watch something if it's boring, but they also don't want to watch something that's unrealistic.

We're not saying that 2017's The Wall is completely illogical, there are just some parts that really don't add up.

For everyday audiences, The Wall is like any good war movie. This action flick is packed with adrenaline-fueled sequences as two American soldiers fight for survival while being mercilessly hunted by an Iraqi sniper in a hostile and foreign environment. However, the movie has come under fire from an actual Iraqi war veteran who shot almost every scene in the movie.

The Wall is riddled with easily fixable inaccuracies

Jay Dorleus, the veteran in question, had a lot to say about The Wall, giving it an overall score of 4/10, with most of his criticism centered around the fact that nothing in the movie makes sense.

Dorleus was quick to point out the wrong equipment being used, the lack of adherence to basic military protocol, and the generally unrealistic reactions of the soldiers in various situations that real military personnel are trained to handle. Let's look at the details covered in Dorleus' video for Insider:

There is a scene where one of the soldiers is standing in the open and has his helmet strap unbuckled. Both of these are big no's on the battlefield, as they obviously leave the soldier vulnerable and at risk of losing his helmet if he has to fall to the ground or run.

Another issue was a scene that included the soldier running in a zig-zag pattern. Besides being cartoonish, it would be easy for the sniper to simply anticipate his next change of direction and take him out.

Iraq Vet Calls Out All the Mistakes in John Cena's War Movie:

Soldiers are taught self-aid, so when the soldier was hit by a bullet, he should have stayed calm and bandaged his wound, but instead he flailed around, kicking up sand and further revealing his position and encouraging his partner to run toward him in the open.

The Wall wasn’t the only war film on Dorleus’s radar

Dorleus, a now-retired Green Beret first sergeant with over 20 years of experience, has analyzed many other war films and combat scenes on his YouTube channel, The Green Beret Chronicles.

He has pointed out that while Clint Eastwood's American Sniper was a critical and commercial success, it was not an entirely accurate depiction of warfare or a true reflection of the main character's actual war experiences. At the same time, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk received mostly negative responses from critics, but it was one of the most accurate films Dorleus has seen.

There’s going out with a bang… and then there’s The Wall

Even general audiences seem to be on the fence when it comes to The Wall, and this was all brought about by the movie's ending. Just when it seems to be over and the two American soldiers are rescued by helicopter, the Iraqi sniper somehow manages to shoot down the helicopter, making for an unrealistic and underwhelming ending to what could have been a great movie.

Source: Insider, The Green Beret Chronicles.