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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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Commander Lin Mae
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Ballard
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Strategist Wang
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Tovar
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General Shao
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Peng Yong
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Commander Chen
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Commander Wu
Xuan Huang ...
Commander Deng
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Shen (as Zheng Kai)
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Emperor (as Junkai Wang)
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Imperial Officer
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Bouchard
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Najid
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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:

$21,508,490 (USA) (17 February 2017)

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$45,125,480 (USA) (31 March 2017)
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Trivia

Majority of the movie was filmed in China and some scenes in New Zealand. 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 »

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William: I fought for Harold against the Danes. I saved a Duke's life. I fought for him until he died. Fought for Spain against the Franks. Fought for the Franks against the Boulogne. I fought for the Pope. Many flags.
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Crazy Credits

The Universal logo is sped up, with the fanfare replaced with some of the film's score. The letters "U-N-I-V-E-R-S-A-L" and the byline disappear, but the globe doesn't, showing the Legendary Pictures logo above it as we zoom in to where the Great Wall of China would be, similar to the versions of the Universal logo used for Waterworld (1995) and 47 Ronin (2013), as text appears to set the stage. Once the text ends, the wall is slightly cracked as we zoom in on this crack, starting the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Fist Fight/The Great Wall (2017) See more »

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Amazing visual display and acceptable level of clear plot
30 December 2016 | by (Ningbo, China) – See all my reviews

The Great Wall is truly a visual feast so would better to watch on 3D or IMAX. Some Chinese spectators have criticised its poor story and plot. However, I don't think it is necessary to design a rather complicated story as it has to tailor towards the audiences on the globe not just for Chinese preference that non-Chinese may be uninterested in ,or that may be difficult for them to understand. So non-Chinese audiences are able to capture at least the big picture of the whole story behind. This is a well trade-off for film makers, balancing the plot to an acceptable level for international audiences.

I cant understand why so many Chinese "audiences"(they did not even watch it before making comments) pretending to be international voters with broken English, are lopsidedly voting 1 and making negative comments here without any constructive and objective ideas.And even more ridiculous,they then go back to Chinese movie - grading website, with a screenshot of their own 1 star derogatory comments, misleadingly saying that foreigners also unlike the great wall as they do.

Some even said this is a fake story. Come on haters, it is said at the beginning of the movie that this is based on one of the legend (a fairy tale) of The Great Wall.I don't think its a point to discuss it.

Overall, I would award 9/10 the reminder 1/10 would be the length duration. It is exciting but too short. If it could extend to around 2 hours and add certain level of plot that would be awesome.

Hope to see more Hollywood-style movies with Chinese historical and cultural elements in the future.


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