The Great Wall

The Great Wall (2016)

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Set in the Northern Song Dynasty, revolving around soldiers searching for gunpowder who come across the construction of the Great Wall of China, and learn that its hurried construction isn’t just to keep out the Mongols, but mystical creatures as well.

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Jul 1, 2017
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 3.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.5
  • Rewatch Value 2.5
I went to the movies to see this when it just hit the big screen! I paid a whooping $9.50 for my ticket, and let me tell you, it was a waste of my time... and my resources.

Although the scenery is nice and the CGI gorgeous, there's absolutely no depth to the story. The setting's generic, the plot is generic... it's all just boring.
I didn't much care for the characters read more either; no growth, no development and no depth.
Beyond the great casting, the makers have delivered nothing of substance - nothing you haven't seen before!
The action scenes were really good and so was the music playing in the background. The action just wasn't exciting...again, because I didn't care about the characters involved.

In a way, watching The Great Wall felt like watching potential go down the drain.
$150 million went floating... what a waste!
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3 people found this review helpful
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Jun 21, 2017
  • Overall 4.5
  • Story 4.5
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 4.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
"The Great Wall" didn’t really deliver much except for a decent, all too simple story and some good actors wasted on dull characters. The concept was pretty interesting but fell flat because of the shallow characters and boring, overdone storytelling style.

You never really care who lives or dies, if the wall would fall or the entire capital for that matter. Even though there’s a lot of great actors in the movie, read more you can’t really tell because of how lacking the movie is. There’s no real build up between the main characters and their friendship, which once again fails to make you engaged in the story. This makes all the dialogues throughout the movie oddly empty, like they’re reciting it all before filming the real deal.

A lot of scenes didn’t make any sense, especially some of the action scenes that obviously wasn’t well thought-out, but solely made to look good on the screen.

With that said, if you need a flat and easy action movie to watch a Sunday night I won’t stop you! There’s a reason why I gave the movie 4,5/10 instead of 1/10.
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    EricaHuang 10 days ago

    It has a really simple storyline, but it's really good visually and it will keep you entertained for the time that you're watching it. Also has a great cast (Luhan XD), so you can watch it for the cast too.

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    Antonin 28 days ago - edited

    I want a full series just about their army lol. Especially the blue girls (Crane) army :D

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    silvermcv Jul 7, 2017

    The story is lacking and some very pretty shots don't really add anything to the story. It is not as bad as everyone says, but don't expect too much from it.

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    bokami Jul 1, 2017

    7.7? lol

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    3ngin33r Jun 29, 2017

    Overall poorly done except for cinematography and the beautiful setting

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    DonD Jun 11, 2017

    I just watched this today; (mostly because I don't have any historical c-drama to watch at the moment) thinking it was a traditional western action film. I didn't even look at who was in it. Surprise to see such a huge roster of Chinese actors.
    The story lacked a little depth but the cinematography as well as the acting was excellent. Definitely worth a watch.

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    NoshinAli May 17, 2017

    it was awesome... a must watch... luhan was looking so cute

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    meem May 7, 2017

    I liked it. I actually went to the cinema thinking it was about building the great wall of china and war but the creatures really shocked me when they first came out like I was not expecting that. and also Luhan that was a pleasant surprise also.

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    Isadora May 1, 2017

    wonderful movie but luhan why

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    Panda Apr 17, 2017 - edited

    Is damon matt the same matt damon or his cousin

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      moondust Apr 20, 2017

      It's his bastard redneck cousin that the Matt Damon doesn't want anybody to know about

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    Red Apr 16, 2017 - edited

    One of the best movies this year ( well 2016)
    I didn't even know Lu Han was in it when went to watch it in the cinema xD and I was like OMG HE LOOKS LIKE HIM

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    Pinya Apr 14, 2017 - edited

    I absolutely hated it. All my money went to Luhan.

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    Bae Mar 20, 2017 - edited

    I watched this at the cinema with a non-chinese-movie-fan and we both liked it very much.. well, most of it could be because we both love action movies so no suprise we liked it,especially the crane army should get a shoutout. They were so badass omg I loved it xD someone mentioned in the comments that they could only understand the english part.. I don't know where they watched it but we had subtitles (in German.. ehm yes, I'm German.) so that was not a problem. I was happy that they didn't dub the chinese parts. In Germany most of the time everything in movies gets dubbed so sometimes it ruins the story..

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    moondust Mar 13, 2017

    It's far from a masterpiece, but this is getting way more flack than it deserves. Matt Damon as a white hero saving China is a MISCONCEPTION, and not the message of the movie at all. He's merely thrown in there for relevance to attract Western audiences, but that's about it. Impressive action and entertainment, and should be looked at it that way.

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    Ririn Feb 23, 2017

    It's better than what you could imagine. I've just watched it at the cinema. All the actors and Jing Tian made a really performance. And God, Zhang Yimou just made such an amazing movie! I totally enjoyed it ♥


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    Dec 16, 2016
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    1 hr. 44 min.


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