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, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA GRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 43 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,5.1 surround,2.0 stereo. surround,Dolby digital,rda
widescreen (1.78:1),rda
DVD,NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda

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chaliser
Nov 15, 2017

Where to begin. Artistry in every element, chemistry obvious, magnitude of setting, choreography, and the sheer beauty, not to mention efficiency of movement. I know, sounds like a description of ballet, but it's extremely high action battle, plenty of moral fortitude, with humor and emotion where needed. As the actress, Jing Tian, who played the heroine role, quotes the director, Zhang Yimou, (in the bonus section, which was rewarding to enjoy) "If you feel it inside, your eyes will show it too." And her eyes were memorable from various scenes, especially at the end, and I won't give that away, but she obviously understood that counsel. Yeah, Matt was great as usual too.

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misatim
Nov 11, 2017

watch anything by this director, he is amazing! check out the bonus stuff for costume and settings. Don't get hung up on Matt, really check out the work put into this production. You will rarely see this much detail.

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Dreamstime
Nov 08, 2017

The movie is pretty but the story is predictable and silly. Matt Damon and Willem Defoe are both miscast. I sure hope their paycheck was worth it.

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BrandonBlanchard
Nov 06, 2017

The Great Wall has impressive visuals, or at least they pop out at you, but the story is totally boring. I don't think Mark added anything to this movie.

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orange_owl_449
Nov 05, 2017

well it wasn't as good as i hoped, but it wasn't terrible. i think the plot was just a little weak and the battles are pretty violent still...i think it's fairly good.

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Vivica
Oct 20, 2017

Surprisingly - not bad - a entertaining "Popcorn Movie".

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rameshn116
Oct 08, 2017

Below sub par !!! It has some good CGI but the biggest highlight was the fact that Matt Damon was together with Andy Lau . Matt Damon had reprised Andy Lau's Infernal Affairs role in The Departed

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javachix
Sep 29, 2017

Poor Matt Damon. That's what I kept saying thru this whole movie. I guess it looked good on paper, because it sure stunk on the big screen.

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tj_is_cool
Sep 29, 2017

Big stars, big sets, really bad script = mediocre movie.

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69shakira69
Sep 22, 2017

Matt Damon ??. Please !!. Then diving to stab the monsters ??.
How about the weight of the whole chain ,when is fully extended ??? Why killing the so called Monsters ???.

I wasted my time watching this movie . A woman in charge of all these soldiers ?? ,and the emperor wanting to kill the "monster " as soon it was captured ?
One star ( and that being generous .
Daniel.

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DFX_
Nov 11, 2017

DFX_ thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

King_of_the_Squirrels thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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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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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