"The Great Wall" an Exciting Fantasy Thriller in 3D

If you want to learn more about The Great Wall click on this website. It will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures. I'm sure it was explained why there's a 60-year break between attacks ... something about having to feed, I believe ... but truthfully the details behind the how and whys of it all aren't interesting enough to bother remembering.

Co-starring Andy Lau, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe and Pedro Pascal, it's out now across the UK. I'm guessing it isn't really trying to hold up a mirror to reality or interrogate the issues of representation in cinema.

Damon stars as William, a European mercenary doing something-or-other in or nearby China. As with the Night Watch on Game of Thrones, the job of the Nameless Order is to repel the invaders so they don't reach the rest of China; instead of an ice wall to defend, they have the Great Wall. I don't know. This wasn't a major point of the movie.

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Visually incredible and thrilling, the movie The Great Wall certainly has the best effects and story thus far in 2017. This Great Wall simply isn't so great after all.

The supersized American-Chinese co-production wasn't at all like the modest Zhang art films Pascal grew up on, but that was cool. It's nuts... There'd be, like, a thousand extras in battle armor. Damon, an accomplished indie as well as action star, is of course brilliant in every scene, however one can not help but see through the reasoning behind having any English speaking actors at all in this production. While the movie may not solve all of the problems with Hollywood's treatment of Asian characters and actors, it's not making things worse, either. Theoretically, what I guess is you'd call them well scripted, but there's magic in them, save for a sequence including a troupe of women warriors known as the Crane Corps, lithe, caped Busby Berkeley-style tumblers sporting precast blue falcon-head helmets. If you are a fan of high impact movies like World War Z, then this film should be on your list to see this weekend. Some can say that heroism is found within the culture that they make their way into and someone else can say, oh, these guys show up and join the fight. The frustration that's been expressed around the issue can not be denied; it's totally legitimate.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Richard Roeper adds: "Director Yimou is an wonderful visual stylist and he delivers a few wonderfully outrageous sequences, but what we're getting here is basically a pricey monster movie with uninteresting monsters, and [one-dimensional] human characters". But this movie exists in that odd place where it's very easy to accuse it and then possibly deny yourself talent that is diverse. "I hope when everyone sees the film and is armed with the facts they will agree".

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