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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The days of U.S.-Chinese blockbuster film co-productions are probably already behind us. Cold War 2.0 with Russia has already been launched, and Trump has cooked up a new Cold War with China, though it was something Obama announced (his "pivot to Asia"). Based on the many reviews that panned THE GREAT WALL, I was expecting much worse. It is a decent action-adventure picture, but one basically in the Chinese vernacular. Meaning that it does its martial valor straight with no satirical chaser. We pampered Westerners prefer our blood and guts seasoned with comic asides, which is why we love DEADPOOL movies so much. Matt Damon got raked over the coals because he presented a sort of Victor Mature earnestness in his portrayal of a mercenary who discovers a higher purpose, a larger cause than personal gain. THE GREAT WALL is a warning against rampant greed. Nations can't survive against it without radical acts of heroism. American audiences can't help but feel conflicted because we've been taught for decades that greed is good.

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anonymouswe
Mar 09, 2018

I enjoyed this movie. It was largely lambasted by the critics, but I disagree. It is no amazing cinematic achievement for the ages... lots of CGI. But if you are a fan of the fantasy genre, then you are probably going to enjoy this movie. Matt Damon and Jing Tian are strong leads. It's a very interesting tale, a "world" you can get caught up in. I would NOT recommend this for kids younger than teenagers simply because of the gore and violence, PG13 is probably a good rating to go by, IMO. If you're hoping to see one of the great Chinese cinematic achievements, you likely will be disappointed. But you are interested in a fantasy action film with stunning visuals, a creative world and solid lead acting - you will enjoy this film.

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wtf_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

Another movie that the kids enjoyed.
No serious intense storyline that you had to follow. Just a basic concept.
Some funny af laughs. My youngest loved the costume designs and my eldest loved the moves going on during the fight scenes.
Didn't have an issue with the acting - but I've never thought Matt Damon a very good actor anyway, so the supporting cast was better imo.
I loved how there was no massive drag on having to find out everyone's back story. It was just the 'here and now' thing.

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Nooksack20
Jan 01, 2018

This movie is an exercise in fantasy, with terrible acting, thin story line, and ridiculous creatures. Perfect for adolescents, which was probably the target audience.

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duane767
Dec 30, 2017

Not as bad as I thought it could have been - thankfully - but there were some real challenges with some of the effects and I was hoping for something greater in regards to the antagonists.

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rsyw
Dec 29, 2017

Really enjoyed the Great Wall. Action from the get go, stunning CG, impressive army scenes and funny dialogue. Perfect amount of action and humour. Watched it twice actually! Matt Damon's accent though needs work - unsure what accent he was going for but dropped out a few times.

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readyrisa
Dec 22, 2017

Wow... too much Special Effects...not much story line... and poor Matt Damon like what everyone else here says...MISCAST!

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chaliser
Nov 15, 2017

Where to begin. Artistry in every element, chemistry obvious, magnitude of setting, choreography, and the sheer beauty, not to mention efficiency of movement. I know, sounds like a description of ballet, but it's extremely high action battle, plenty of moral fortitude, with humor and emotion where needed. As the actress, Jing Tian, who played the heroine role, quotes the director, Zhang Yimou, (in the bonus section, which was rewarding to enjoy) "If you feel it inside, your eyes will show it too." And her eyes were memorable from various scenes, especially at the end, and I won't give that away, but she obviously understood that counsel. Yeah, Matt was great as usual too.

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misatim
Nov 11, 2017

watch anything by this director, he is amazing! check out the bonus stuff for costume and settings. Don't get hung up on Matt, really check out the work put into this production. You will rarely see this much detail.

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Dreamstime
Nov 08, 2017

The movie is pretty but the story is predictable and silly. Matt Damon and Willem Defoe are both miscast. I sure hope their paycheck was worth it.

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wtf_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some people might find the monster scenes a bit much

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wtf_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

Violence: It's not overtly gory, but lots of battles

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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wtf_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

wtf_this_sucks thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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DFX_
Nov 11, 2017

DFX_ thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

King_of_the_Squirrels thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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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