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The Great Wall

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Zhang Yimou
  • 100 mins
  • 12A
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over (unless accompanied by an adult)

Summary

In the 11th century, a group of Europeans set out for China to discover how to make gunpowder. However, on arrival their claims to be on a trading mission are disbelieved and they are arrested and imprisoned by the Nameless Order within the Great Wall - just as it is about to be beset by giant, lizard-like monsters. As wave after wave of attacks and surprise tactics batter the Wall, Europeans and Chinese battle hoards of the alien creatures in a series of escalating conflicts leading to a final confrontation with the alien queen. Fantasy adventure, starring Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe and Tian Jing.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Matt Damon may be the big draw for western audiences approaching this big-budget US/Chinese co-production, but you can't help feeling he looks uncomfortably out of place. He stars as a mercenary in the Middle Ages who is captured by warriors stationed on the Great Wall of China and joins them as they fend off an army of demonic, dragon-like creatures. The high-flying crane shots and stunning landscapes captured by director Zhang Yimou suggest this could be an epic to rival his House of Flying Daggers, but the film quickly unravels amid some painfully obvious-looking CGI, half-baked mythology and hollow moralising. Among the rest of the cast, Willem Dafoe plays a prisoner on the wall gone stir crazy. You, too, may feel similarly bewildered after stumbling upon this big, stony hunk of nothing.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2017-02-17
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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William GarinMatt Damon
Commander Lin MeiJing Tian
Pero TovarPedro Pascal
General ShaoZhang Hanyu
BallardWillem Dafoe
Strategist WangAndy Lau
General WuEddie Peng
Peng YongHan Lu

Crew

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DirectorZhang Yimou
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