John Cena Gets Serious In New Role As An Army Sniper

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The new psychological thriller “The Wall” pits two soldiers on an Army sniper team against a faceless enemy marksman in Iraq.


In a recent trailer John Cena, who plays one of the two soldiers, is shot while investigating the scene of an ambush. His spotter, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who starred in “Kick-Ass,” is forced to take cover behind a mud-brick wall.

With his friend badly injured and trapped in the open, Taylor-Johnson, who is also wounded, engages in a deadly game of wits and marksmanship with a sniper who taunts him over his own comms.

In one scene the shooter says to Taylor-Johnson "when this is over, his family won't recognize him," using Cena’s character, first as bait, and then as a tool to get under Taylor-Johnson’s skin.

The movie centers around three characters, Cena, Taylor-Johnson and the sniper, and it’s their performance that will have to carry “The Wall” through to its bloody conclusion, whatever that may be.

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“The Wall” is set to hit theatres in March and features Cena in a different role than we’ve seen him in before. For anyone thinking this will be like “The Marine” it seems unlikely that Doug Liman, the director behind “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Bourne Identity,” will boil the former wrestler-turned actor down to a two-dimensional ogre with a high and tight.

As the trailer cuts rapidly to different shots of the two men Cena’s character chants a mantra as he struggles to stay alive: “The scope is an extension of my eye, the trigger is an extension of my fist, the rifle is an extension of me, and I strike you down.”

The only thing that seems certain about “The Wall” is that someone is going to die, let’s hope it’s the bad guy. Check out the full trailer below and see for yourself.

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On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.

Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.

In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.

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With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.

After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.

Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.

McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.

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Editor's Note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.

The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.

They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.

It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.

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WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump imposed new U.S. sanctions onIran on Monday following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Trump told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.

Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime."

"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support," Trump said.

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