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Movie Review: The Great Wall

The Great Wall is one of the untold legends of why this particular wonder of the world was built and what they were trying to keep out…

On the hunt for precious “black powder”, rogue mercenaries William Garin (Matt Damon) and Pero Tovar (Pedro Pascal) are captured by The Nameless Order, an ancient military operation occupying the Great Wall of China.

As wave after wave of marauding beasts, called the Tao-Tie, besiege the wall, Damon’s quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the seemingly unstoppable force.

This is the first English-language production for director Zhang Yimou (Coming Home, House of Flying Daggers) who is known for his breathtaking visual style; something this film was full of.

The Great Wall was visually enchanting with Yimou’s artistic use of colours along with some acrobatic camerawork and dramatic battle scenes.

Although the script isn’t fluent and the film isn’t entirely historically accurate, it’s an eye opener to the beauty of the Chinese culture.

This first crossover between the Hollywood and Chinese blockbuster markets is something I would like to see repeated in many other markets.

Particularly if the end result creates a more diverse entertainment industry that showcases cultures we can all learn from.

3 out of 5 stars

Watch The Great Wall trailer:

Rebecca Scheib
Rebecca's analyzing and overthinking nature used to get the best of her imagination but at the NZ Radio Training School she intends to harness it to challenge the boundaries of others' imaginings.
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