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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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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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Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,469,620 (USA) (19 February 2017)

Gross:

$45,157,105 (USA)
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Trivia

The poster says the Great Wall took 1,700 years to build. While this is technically accurate, since it was actually constructed as a series of several walls built separately over that time by various ruling dynasties. Each new wall section built by any single ruler would take approximately ten to twenty years to construct. See more »

Goofs

Only one magnetic stone, which can pacify the Taotie, appeared in the movie. The stone was brought in by William the European mercenary. In reality, Chinese civilization first made compasses from magnetic stones in Han dynasty (< AD100). By the time point of the movie (somewhen between AD960 and AD1127), the compass had been widely used in navigation. It shouldn't be hard to find more magnetic stones inside China. See more »

Quotes

Tovar: Amigo, only you would carry a stupid magnet through the desert.
William: I can use it to make a compass.
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits are a montage of Chinese watercolor paintings depicting scenes/characters from the film. See more »

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References The Martian (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

At the Border
Vocal by Zhao Mu-Yang
Lyrics by Wang Changling
Melody by Leehom Wang
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There are many legends about The Great Wall, this is one of them...
26 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

I just saw it in Romania in a good 3d cinema. The movie tells a legend. And it tells it so beautifully! The cinematography is breathtaking and for all the duration I was more than a movie spectator, I felt part of that legend, a character from that story, present among the troops defending the wall. If a movie succeeds in delivering such an experience, the rest is not important anymore.

In this point, I don t care anymore about plot holes or historical inaccuracies, because I came to cinema to see a fantasy, a Chinese legend with monsters and heroes. And there I was, in a war story, set in a different world, filled with amazing elements of the old Chinese culture, surrounded by exceptional warriors, beautiful landscapes and bloodthirsty monsters. I am very saddened to see the negativity among critics and public surrounding this movie. Complaining about historical inaccuracies or being racist about the mix of races is so misplaced. I hope people will go see it and ignore the bad criticism and prejudices about it.


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