Ever since 12 Angry Men, it’s a challenge to keep movies in one place interesting. Isaac is the biggest part of the movie from fighting his old wall against fatigue and despair, talking to Juba and trying to figure out where he is hiding. A truly sympathetic figure never becomes Isaac, but Taylor-Johnson, known for Nocturnal Animals, puts strong performances. The evidence is only in his painful reaction when he removes a bullet from his leg. As expected, the film is very atmospheric.
Director Liman chooses hard realism over stylistic tricks. He avoids movie clichés as slow-motion, does not use music and makes effective use of colorful brown tones and the sandy bloody grime.