The Great Wall

The Great Wall

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Universal City, California : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
Edition: Blu-ray widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (1 hr., 43 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
digital, optical, surround, stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DVS Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, Blu-ray, region 1, rda

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patch666
Sep 10, 2020

surprisingly good fun if unbelievable and ridiculous plot, but I liked it~420

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elpostino
Feb 03, 2020

A great Chinese director goes Hollywood action style. The marriage between the East and the West in the plot is not authentic. The movie is entertaining and captivating in part yet lack the depth in characters. Zhang was much better in Chinese realism.

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mamabadger56
Jan 03, 2020

I'm an admirer of Zhang Yimou's films, but this is definitely not his best work. It's big, lavish, expensive, and visually spectacular, but with a silly plot, full of inconsistencies, and too dependent on implausible CGI monsters. Not to mention the unfortunate addition of Matt Damon in the starring role, as a European trader who for some reason is better at warfare than the Chinese military.

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geratho
Nov 23, 2019

Enjoyable fantasy from a great Chinese director. Big screen epic style, amazing color, amazing cast of thousands scenes. A lot of people and critics don’t like this film but you really have to be looking for something to be unhappy about to not enjoy the work. It fell short as a joint American / Chinese blockbuster so not everything clicks. Damon and Pascal are fine but the movie probably would have gone over better with all Chinese actors. With the western stars there were expectations. In the extra features Damon says he got lots of specific notes and coaching from the director and appreciated it. To me that means that the director set the tone for the character exchanges and I credit it not coming off to cultural differences. So that didn’t work for some of the western audience and it didn’t turn into box office. Seems like sometimes people like to pile on when a film isn’t well received. There’s bad ones out there sure but this movie has amazing visuals on beyond what they did with the cgi creatures. There’s a lot to like. A big effort was made to be entertaining and it worked for me. Other than that I’m becoming a big fan of Pedro Pascal so I’m looking for anything that he’s in.

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elfiereads
Sep 03, 2019

Love these type of action movies

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walls187
Aug 12, 2019

Couldn’t finish this movie, even with Pedro Pascal as a supporting actor. Oh and this is a movie starring the traditional Matt Damon as seen in “Team America”.

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P58Jackson
Jan 24, 2019

This movie is different but worth watching.

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reginator_22
Dec 31, 2018

Not good, not bad, the definition of mediocre. It's a colorful movie, which catches your eye. But the monsters don't look very good.

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weildkat
Nov 10, 2018

Sticking yourself into a movie about another culture ... just for the bucks. Mark Wahlberg, I expect better of you. The beasts are terrifying but the premise is dumb.

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21221018293347
Sep 25, 2018

If you like science fiction/fantasy, this is it. Good guys, lost in a strange land, help the locals defend the great Wall against monster intruders who waken and attack every 60 years. Strong main characters, lots of action, a real fight against a formidable foe, great CGI. What's not to like. If you are looking for a true, believable movie, this is not it.

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reginator_22
Dec 31, 2018

Violence: Fantasy action violence

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wth_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

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

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wth_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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wth_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

wth_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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reginator_22
Dec 31, 2018

William: I've been left for dead twice... it was bad luck.

Ballard: For who ?

William: The people who left me!

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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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