The Great Wall

The Great Wall

DVD - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Universal City, California : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ℗2016
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 43 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround (English, French, and Spanish),2.0 stereo. surround (English DVS),Dolby digital
widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD-video,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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weildkat
Nov 10, 2018

Sticking yourself into a movie about another culture ... just for the bucks. Mark Wahlberg, I expect better of you. The beasts are terrifying but the premise is dumb.

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21221018293347
Sep 25, 2018

If you like science fiction/fantasy, this is it. Good guys, lost in a strange land, help the locals defend the great Wall against monster intruders who waken and attack every 60 years. Strong main characters, lots of action, a real fight against a formidable foe, great CGI. What's not to like. If you are looking for a true, believable movie, this is not it.

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ridley1976
Aug 09, 2018

Great for Pre-Teens.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 02, 2018

The movie “The Great Wall” is a marvellous and fascinating movie. The quaintly of this movie is absolutely outstanding, everything including the characters and background was very clear. Unlike other movies whose special effects seem very fake, “The Great Wall” has very realistic looking special effects. The colours of the movie were also very well displayed in different sections. The plot of “The Great Wall” is amazing with European travels fighting along with China’s army in order to stop the intelligent beasts from invading China. The emotion and mood which this movie expresses are fantastic with bits of sadness, anger and joy. “The Great Wall” has a very happy ending. The ending of this movie was very enjoyable as the European prisoners and China’s army had defeated the strange beasts. I believe that this movie is enjoyable for all ages, however “The Great Wall” can be terrifying for younger children as it is very graphic. Anyone who enjoys action and war-themed movies should definitely watch “The Great Wall”. 4.5/5 Stars.
@Chichiro of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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johnbyrne
May 26, 2018

I am a fan of both the lead actors. But this film is awful. Silly premise, played out in predictable manner. A total waste of time.

The days of U.S.-Chinese blockbuster film co-productions are probably already behind us. Cold War 2.0 with Russia has already been launched, and Trump has cooked up a new Cold War with China, though it was something Obama announced (his "pivot to Asia"). Based on the many reviews that panned THE GREAT WALL, I was expecting much worse. It is a decent action-adventure picture, but one basically in the Chinese vernacular. Meaning that it does its martial valor straight with no satirical chaser. We pampered Westerners prefer our blood and guts seasoned with comic asides, which is why we love DEADPOOL movies so much. Matt Damon got raked over the coals because he presented a sort of Victor Mature earnestness in his portrayal of a mercenary who discovers a higher purpose, a larger cause than personal gain. THE GREAT WALL is a warning against rampant greed. Nations can't survive against it without radical acts of heroism. American audiences can't help but feel conflicted because we've been taught for decades that greed is good.

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anonymouswe
Mar 09, 2018

I enjoyed this movie. It was largely lambasted by the critics, but I disagree. It is no amazing cinematic achievement for the ages... lots of CGI. But if you are a fan of the fantasy genre, then you are probably going to enjoy this movie. Matt Damon and Jing Tian are strong leads. It's a very interesting tale, a "world" you can get caught up in. I would NOT recommend this for kids younger than teenagers simply because of the gore and violence, PG13 is probably a good rating to go by, IMO. If you're hoping to see one of the great Chinese cinematic achievements, you likely will be disappointed. But you are interested in a fantasy action film with stunning visuals, a creative world and solid lead acting - you will enjoy this film.

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wtf_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

Another movie that the kids enjoyed.
No serious intense storyline that you had to follow. Just a basic concept.
Some funny af laughs. My youngest loved the costume designs and my eldest loved the moves going on during the fight scenes.
Didn't have an issue with the acting - but I've never thought Matt Damon a very good actor anyway, so the supporting cast was better imo.
I loved how there was no massive drag on having to find out everyone's back story. It was just the 'here and now' thing.

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Nooksack20
Jan 01, 2018

This movie is an exercise in fantasy, with terrible acting, thin story line, and ridiculous creatures. Perfect for adolescents, which was probably the target audience.

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duane767
Dec 30, 2017

Not as bad as I thought it could have been - thankfully - but there were some real challenges with some of the effects and I was hoping for something greater in regards to the antagonists.

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wtf_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some people might find the monster scenes a bit much

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wtf_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

Violence: It's not overtly gory, but lots of battles

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Nasty, hideous beasts might be too much for youngsters.

Violence: Lots of battle scenes and killings but not very gory.

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wtf_this_sucks
Feb 27, 2018

wtf_this_sucks thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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DFX_
Nov 11, 2017

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King_of_the_Squirrels thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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jimg2000
Jun 07, 2017

Where are the Tao Tei now?
-The mountains, regrouping.
Where do they come from?
-About 20 centuries ago, there was an emperor whose greed brought deep suffering to all of China. The heavens sent the meteor that struck Gouwu Mountain, turning it green and releasing the Tao Tei. From that day on, the Tao Tei rise every 60 years to scourge the north of China. They come to remind us of what happens when greed is unchecked. They eat anything, alive or dead, and take food to their queen. She depends on her soldiers to feed her. Only with the food they provide is she able to multiply. The capital, and its two million
people, is only 800 li away. If the Tao Tei ever had that much nourishment, no corner of the world would be safe.

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jimg2000
Jun 07, 2017

These men know what they're doing?
-Wrong question. Whether or not the cable is attached, that is the question.
And the answer?
-Xin ren. Xin ren means trust. To have faith. Here, in this army, we fight for more than food or money. We give our lives to something more. Xin ren is our flag. Trust in each other. In all ways, at all times.
-Well, that's all well and good, but I'm not jumping. I'm alive today because I trust no one.
A man must learn to trust before he can be trusted.
-Then you were right. We're not the same.

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