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The Great Wall (2016)

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European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

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Cast

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Commander Lin Mae
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Ballard
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Strategist Wang
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Tovar
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General Shao
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Peng Yong
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Commander Chen
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Commander Wu
Xuan Huang ...
Commander Deng
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Shen (as Zheng Kai)
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Emperor (as Junkai Wang)
Cheney Chen ...
Imperial Officer
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Bouchard
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Najid
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When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. Written by Watch_Movies

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1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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17 February 2017 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,469,620 (USA) (19 February 2017)

Gross:

$45,157,105 (USA)
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Trivia

Matt Damon and his family spent nearly half a year in China during filming. See more »

Goofs

Only one magnetic stone, which can pacify the Taotie, appeared in the movie. The stone was brought in by William the European mercenary. In reality, Chinese civilization first made compasses from magnetic stones in Han dynasty (< AD100). By the time point of the movie (somewhen between AD960 and AD1127), the compass had been widely used in navigation. It shouldn't be hard to find more magnetic stones inside China. See more »

Quotes

William: We are honored, to be honored.
Tovar: Is that the best you've got ?
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Crazy Credits

The Universal logo appears quicker than usual, and after appearing it zooms into China, going all the way to a section of the Great Wall and through a crack in the section. During the zoom the Legendary Pictures logo appears (in reverse). See more »

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References The Martian (2015) See more »

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At the Border
Vocal by Zhao Mu-Yang
Lyrics by Wang Changling
Melody by Leehom Wang
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This movie simply tries to do too many things at once
29 December 2016 | by (somewhere out there) – See all my reviews

First of all, this movie does a lot of things right. The costume designs are great, the set designs are very convincing and the CGI is, although not cutting edge, up to modern standards in film-making. The music score could have been better but maybe the composer had a Chinese audience in mind.

The acting will not win any Oscars but we see some genuine moments of emotion and bonding and believe it or not but there are one or two scenes with a good suspense arc. Moreover, Jing Tian has a nice smile and looks really fine in uniform. That might be my own idiosyncratic standard but an attractive female lead certainly adds to the "positives".

With all that praise then, why does it fall short of being a truly great movie? As my summary indicates it is simply overloaded with too many plot devices. It's a hero/East meets West/monster/action/tale of betrayal and redemption/romance/fantasy movie loaded with Chinese symbolism capped by a rather weak, anticlimactic and hurried cookie-cutter ending. The audience never has enough time to get emotionally invested in the characters. The script tries but there simply isn't enough time to do it all and eventually the movie does too little to explore any of the plot elements and characters.

Nevertheless, it is not a bad movie and certainly not ambitious enough to deserve any of the vitriol people read into the story without ever watching the movie. I was entertained but not really awestruck.


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