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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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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)
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Imperial Officer
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Bouchard
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Najid
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Storyline

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:

$21,508,490 (USA) (17 February 2017)

Gross:

$45,009,415 (USA) (24 March 2017)
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Constance Wu publicly criticized the movie for offering the leading role to Matt Damon and Damon himself for accepting, stating it was "cultural misappropriation" for a Caucasian, Western nation-born actor to be presented as the driving force behind the Great Wall's construction, when the majority of it was led and done by Chinese civilians. Damon later stated that he was hurt by the backlash against the role and that he did not feel the criticism of his part was accurate. Andy Lau both defended Damon's part in the project and put it into context by noting that "there are five characters who are the leaders of the battle for survival of mankind (in the film), and the four guys who fight alongside (Damon) are all Chinese". See more »

Goofs

The Chinese managed to capture a monster alive by using arrows on chains "like a whale" and bring it up the wall after many effort (very heavy). Then later in the movie it is shown that the wall has a secret opening at the bottom, though which they could have brought the monster in much faster and easier. See more »

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William: I fought for Harold against the Danes. I saved a Duke's life. I fought for him until he died. Fought for Spain against the Franks. Fought for the Franks against the Boulogne. I fought for the Pope. Many flags.
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Amazing visual display and acceptable level of clear plot
30 December 2016 | by (Ningbo, China) – See all my reviews

The Great Wall is truly a visual feast so would better to watch on 3D or IMAX. Some Chinese spectators have criticised its poor story and plot. However, I don't think it is necessary to design a rather complicated story as it has to tailor towards the audiences on the globe not just for Chinese preference that non-Chinese may be uninterested in ,or that may be difficult for them to understand. So non-Chinese audiences are able to capture at least the big picture of the whole story behind. This is a well trade-off for film makers, balancing the plot to an acceptable level for international audiences.

I cant understand why so many Chinese "audiences"(they did not even watch it before making comments) pretending to be international voters with broken English, are lopsidedly voting 1 and making negative comments here without any constructive and objective ideas.And even more ridiculous,they then go back to Chinese movie - grading website, with a screenshot of their own 1 star derogatory comments, misleadingly saying that foreigners also unlike the great wall as they do.

Some even said this is a fake story. Come on haters, it is said at the beginning of the movie that this is based on one of the legend (a fairy tale) of The Great Wall.I don't think its a point to discuss it.

Overall, I would award 9/10 the reminder 1/10 would be the length duration. It is exciting but too short. If it could extend to around 2 hours and add certain level of plot that would be awesome.

Hope to see more Hollywood-style movies with Chinese historical and cultural elements in the future.


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