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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.

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Gross USA:

$45,540,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$334,933,831
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Technical Specs

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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

Benjamin Walker was cast for a role in the film but dropped out. See more »

Goofs

With each new wave of alien attacks the soldiers unleash another more effective weapon. No reason is given for why they didn't use the best weapons from the very beginning. See more »

Quotes

Ballard: [about William and Lin] He should be careful, she's very powerful here.
Tovar: Then it's a fair contest.
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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 »


Soundtracks

At the Border
Vocal by Zhao Mu-Yang
Lyrics by Wang Changling
Melody by Leehom Wang
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Not a masterpiece for sure, yet enjoyable
2 January 2017 | by saeerdnaSee all my reviews

If you don't have any expectations, this film might surprise you a bit. I really liked the special effects, even if I started laughing when I first saw the antagonists.

Most scenes between battles were quite awkward, full of clichés. Yet, once the battle begins, any cliché this film might have is really fun to watch and not at all annoying.

What I hated the most was the unfortunate English accent... used during the Song dynasty (960-1279).

Overall, the plot is quite linear and simple and is centered around one important moment. Character development was welcoming, but not impressive and definitely not unexpected. The best part was not fulfilling the love sub-plot, even though I half expected this and I would have been really disappointed if it had happened.

Anyway, it was an enjoyable film with better 3D effects than I expected and many other films, so give it a try. But be open minded and admire what is to be admired.


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