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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Mar 13, 2017
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I watched this in the cinema and it was superb!! The creatures and cinematography looked convincing and the's too good...just beautiful... especially Damon Matt :) The main highlight of this movie is to tell us to in yourself etc. I know..I'm talking about the movie like I'm writing an assessment or something XD

So, that was just like a introduction. Now, I will move on to how I think read more of the story, acting/cast, music and re watch value (I'm kinda copying what other people are doing for their reviews but.. let's move on XD)

Thrilling. I loved it...because I love thrilling movies hehe. In this movie, there was always something happening that thrills us, whether it's a creature gonna attack them, preparing for a battle or even just explaining what the Taotei's are is thrilling!! I will not make this paragraph long so I'll just make this short...if I extend the paragraph, I might add spoilers and I know you don't want that ;)

NOOOO!!!! I just wrote a really good review but somehow got deleted T_T
So, this second half is my second time writing the review...(it took me a lot of time!)

..........I feel so blank after all that writing is deleted T_T Anyways, Damon Matt's acting is the top of the top. I can't describe it but it's too good lol. At the very start of the movie, he had really messy and long hair that I didn't even realise it was Matt. Until, when he fixed it, I was like, "OMG! It's him...." (I actually don't know who damon matt is but now I know :) He's an actor who played as William Garin in The Great Wall :D) The movie was already better with Matt (and luhan and karry!*fangirls*) but it was even better with JingTian too! I've never seen her before but she's a goddess...Just beautiful..I'm speechless.

You know, usually, when I make reviews, I talk about how emotional that ost was or how powerful his/her voice has! But this time, no voice...just instruments XD But I liked it. The music really fitted in with what was happening in the movie. Impressive.

Have you experienced this before? Whenever, I go to the cinemas, the movie always seems to go very fast! It's like BAM! DONE! LET'S GO HOME! But, I don't want to. I just wanna watch another movie! (for example, Beauty and the Beast) 9.0 I might have rated it too high, since I went to the cinamas to watch it-
actually..... the movie would have gone really quickly if I watched it online too! lol

Superb. Thrilling. Convincing. Impressive~~ I loved this movie-I mean I love this movie and still love it lol. It really makes your day more interesting! Definitely Recommend it! (espcially for a boring Sunday afternoon) I watched it on a Sunday afternoon but that sunday afternoon wasn't was raining...really badly....bu that doesn't mean my day was bad! I love the movie, The Great Wall and I'm actually going to The Great Wall next year.....will I see those creatures (taotei)? XD......hopefully not...

P.S. "Trust (???” Trust in your people, yourself. You can do it. (yep! Motivation Quote! Fighting! )
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2 days ago
  • 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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    DonD 13 days ago

    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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    Parknara Jan 24, 2017

    i just watched it on cinema, daebak!

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    Kristana Jan 19, 2017

    LoL just yesterday I told myself how I won't ever watch this piece of sh** of Hollywood's 'chinese' movie about a white man commanding Chinese nation on the Chinese wall when I saw the a trailer on the tv. I really really hate that, really.... but now I know that Luhan and Ediie Peng are in there > <

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    biankatr99 Jan 8, 2017

    OMG! I can't believe it! I live in Hungary and this movie is playing in our cinema! *-* *-*

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    Mystearica81 Jan 1, 2017

    I loved it even though I only understood the English parts but I can infer what's being said by what's going on. Hopefully it's released here stateside in all the movie theatre and not only in selected theatres ❤️

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    Ruyi Dec 17, 2016 - edited

    where can i watch this online?

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      Mystearica81 Jan 1, 2017

      Have you seen it yet?

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      Ruyi Jan 16, 2017

      not yet... the movie is in the cinemas but I wanna watch it at home, online

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      Mystearica81 Jan 16, 2017

      I know there's plenty of links to watch it YouTube. I've seen it on YouTube and on another site. I'm patiently waiting for it here stateside Feburary 17! Hopefully it'll be in my hometown!


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    Dec 16, 2016
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    1 hr. 44 min.


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