The Great Wall

The Great Wall

DVD - 2017
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The film is set in ancient China and Matt Damon's character is a mercenary who travels east in search of gunpowder and discovers the mighty Great Wall and the terrible secret behind why it was built. This savage tale of man vs. nature will leverage the world class visual effects of Weta to create an entire ecosystem of creatures hellbent on our destruction.
Publisher: Distributed by Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Australia : 2017
2016 ,
Branch Call Number: DVD GREA
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 139 min.)

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mackcarter
Jul 25, 2017

Perhaps one of the worst movies I have seen. Poor script, over the top special effects, and quality actors wasted. An action movie to fall asleep watching. To the good of the experience, my family now has a new low end for our rating, "Did it make it over over The Wall?"

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pcfabris
Jul 19, 2017

Good entertainment. Colorful costumes, cast of thousands, nicely edited, good mix of subtitles and dialogue. Story line is ridiculous but its folklore.

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Miller1114
Jul 16, 2017

Definitely not what I was expecting. I've seen worse.

LibrarianShelbi Jul 12, 2017

Don't just walk away, run away. I picked this movie up at least hoping it was beautiful enough to enjoy visually but honestly my first comment after finishing was that if I had paid to see this movie I would have demanded my money back. SAD.

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section31
Jul 09, 2017

If you dont take it too seriously it make an interesting action film that gives an alternate reason for the great wall.

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DiabloDog
Jul 04, 2017

Silly!

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tuan_canada
Jul 03, 2017

Monstrous creatures with supernatural powers, lots of actions and heroic acts. This movie rocks, too bad it's missing Kong, Gadzila and aliens.

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Lovemylibrary1
Jun 29, 2017

I've always preferred for an action film to have as much story as explosions. i enjoyed this one. Matt Damon is likable. It's great to see films that have an undercurrent of challenging audiences to be better people. I would recommend it. The rapelling was almost like the aerial silks art form, the muscle and power of a marine with unexpected grace. One thing I like about this film is that I've never been to China and got to see some crazy beautiful views. I'd love to see more American/ cross cultural films. It would be fun to see more working together with the famous actors of other countries.

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bernse
Jun 26, 2017

Bad show by a decent cast. The effects were OK but while the story was fairly unique, it was also bizarre, stupid and quite predictable. I would like that 2 hours of my life back please.

Mixed feelings about this. Visually, it's stunning. Very beautiful. Great effects both practical and computerized. The musical score is a fantastic mix of East and West. Overall, it impresses as a cross between the Lord of the Rings, the Power Rangers, World War Z, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That said, where it fall short is acting and plot. The acting is okay but not outstanding. At times, it's forced and wooden. The plot is fairly standard stuff: us against hordes of monsters/aliens/zombies/whatever. The setting is in China and draws the beasts from Chinese legends which is cool and different from the usual Western fare we get here. The whole thing is a bit ridiculous and predictable but entertaining if you don't think too hard. For all the battles and violence there is, strangely, little gore. Tons of action, though. Kids will probably like it a lot.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Nasty, hideous beasts might be too much for youngsters.

Violence: Lots of battle scenes and killings but not very gory.

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jimg2000
Jun 07, 2017

Where are the Tao Tei now?
-The mountains, regrouping.
Where do they come from?
-About 20 centuries ago, there was an emperor whose greed brought deep suffering to all of China. The heavens sent the meteor that struck Gouwu Mountain, turning it green and releasing the Tao Tei. From that day on, the Tao Tei rise every 60 years to scourge the north of China. They come to remind us of what happens when greed is unchecked. They eat anything, alive or dead, and take food to their queen. She depends on her soldiers to feed her. Only with the food they provide is she able to multiply. The capital, and its two million
people, is only 800 li away. If the Tao Tei ever had that much nourishment, no corner of the world would be safe.

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jimg2000
Jun 07, 2017

These men know what they're doing?
-Wrong question. Whether or not the cable is attached, that is the question.
And the answer?
-Xin ren. Xin ren means trust. To have faith. Here, in this army, we fight for more than food or money. We give our lives to something more. Xin ren is our flag. Trust in each other. In all ways, at all times.
-Well, that's all well and good, but I'm not jumping. I'm alive today because I trust no one.
A man must learn to trust before he can be trusted.
-Then you were right. We're not the same.

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