A movie review by: Lee Sonogan
(2016) 1h42min/ Action, Adventure, Fantasy
William: I fought for Harold against the Danes. I saved a Duke’s life. I fought for him until he died. Fought for Spain against the Franks. Fought for the Franks against the Boulogne. I fought for the Pope. Many flags.
IMDB describes the movie about European mercenaries searching for black powder that become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. With a budget one fifty million, it doubled its budget earning $327,747,865 at the box office. The movie stars Matt Damon, William Defoe and Pedro Pascal.
This is the most expensive Chinese film ever made. Majority of the movie was filmed in China and some scenes in New Zealand. Bryan Cranston was in early talks to join the film but Willem Dafoe took his role. Majority of the movie was filmed in China and some scenes in New Zealand.
Matt Damon and his family spent nearly half a year in China, due to his involvement on ‘ The Great Wall’. Matt Damon was trained in Hungary by Lajos Kassai, a world champion archer and reinventor of horseback archery. Matt Damon has said that there were one hundred Mandarin/English translators on the payroll over the course of this production.
It starts quick as the heroes are stopped by The Great Wall of China. The monsters attack the wall straight away. This movie has interesting imagery and style that is very Chinese. As the movie develops, it is very fast pace. The action is decent with some brutal scenes. It’s a well made movie but does not give you much originality. The ending is predictable and very average. I recommend this movie to everyone that just wants a non stop action CGI fest and interested in the Chinese style of move making.