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The Great Wall (2016)

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In ancient China, a group of European mercenaries encounters a secret army that maintains and defends the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Carlo Bernard (screenplay), Doug Miro (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... William
Tian Jing ... Commander Lin Mae
Willem Dafoe ... Ballard
Andy Lau ... Strategist Wang
Pedro Pascal ... Tovar
Hanyu Zhang ... General Shao
Han Lu ... Peng Yong
Kenny Lin ... Commander Chen
Eddie Peng ... Commander Wu
Xuan Huang ... Commander Deng
Ryan Zheng ... Shen (as Zheng Kai)
Karry Wang ... Emperor (as Junkai Wang)
Cheney Chen ... Imperial Officer
Pilou Asbæk ... Bouchard
Numan Acar ... Najid
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Storyline

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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One of mankind's greatest wonders. 1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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USA | China | Hong Kong | Australia | Canada

Language:

English | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

Qingdao, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,469,620, 19 February 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,540,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$334,933,831
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Auro 11.1 | Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| Dolby Digital (Dolby Atmos)| 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| IMAX 6-Track | Sonics-DDP | Dolby Surround 7.1 | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Bryan Cranston was in early talks for the role of Ballard. See more »

Goofs

The "drone" Tao Tei's eye placement does not conduce to its position in the horde. As a protector and hunter for the queen, it would need the predator's forward facing eyes, rather than side eye placement, to allow for binocular or stereoscopic vision. This would allow the monster to see and judge depth especially during the great-height wall battles against the Nameless Order. Predators need this depth perception to track and pursue prey. Its current design suggests that IT could be the prey. See more »

Quotes

William: We are honored, to be honored.
Tovar: Is that the best you've got ?
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Crazy Credits

The Universal logo appears quicker than usual, and after appearing it zooms into China, going all the way to a section of the Great Wall and through a crack in the section. During the zoom the Legendary Pictures logo appears (in reverse). See more »

Alternate Versions

This film will be released in the Mandarin language separately in English-speaking countries --- that is, at least Australia. Both English and Mandarin versions have been classified. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Express: Episode #14.32 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridge of Fate
Vocal by Leehom Wang, Tan Wei Wei
Lyrics by Vincent Fang
Music by Leehom Wang
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A good balance of East and West
9 January 2017 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

First of all this is a movie about fighting monsters - not a fact based historical epic. So don't take it that seriously and you'll have an okay time. The great wall is the center of a fight against some invading dragon dinosaur like creatures.

There have been criticisms of having a white hero in the lead role. But it's just a monster movie so take it easy. There should have been more of the "saving" done by Chinese characters but to be fair they did make the white people look scruffy and the Chinese ones pretty/handsome. Matt Damon does look kind of short and puffy here compared to the Chinese cast. Liked Pedro Pascal the excellent detective Pena from Narcos as Matt's partner in crime. Tian Jing is a feisty enough female commander. So all is fair race wise in this war.

Overall there is a good balance between East and West. A Western screenplay by Max Brooks keeps things going quickly without the irritating self sacrifice and slow dialog of the recent Jackie Chan Adrien Brody movie. Director Zhang Yimou is known for extravaganzas and sometimes the action does look circus acrobat like. But it's not too bad - the excessive slow motion deaths and explosions that plague some Chinese movies isn't such a problem here.


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