The Great Wall

The Great Wall

Blu-ray Disc - 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]
Edition: Blu-ray
Branch Call Number: MOVIE GREAT
Characteristics: video file,Blu-ray,region 1
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digital,optical,surround,stereo,Dolby Digital 5.1,DVS Dolby Digital 2.0
1 videodisc (1 hr., 43 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 19, 2017

This expensive film from China was one big box-office flop, and you kind of know the reason why. Even for a fantasy film, the story line is a stretch. All the CGI and expensive costume cannot save it. However, it is still a Zhang Yimou film, and Zhang knows how the camera works. So watch it just for the visual if nothing else.

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Knowinvno1
Sep 07, 2017

Wow. That was bad. I watched it and looked at the clock the whole time. What really annoyed me: 1) I didn't get most of the accents - like try to sound like you didn't all learn English in the US. And where did Matt Damon's ascent come from? Well that depends on which part of the movie you are referring to. 2) how an army that prepared, was so unprepared to keep soldiers alive. Humans diving off the wall to stab things? I can't even talk about it anymore. Don't take any of it seriously or historically as a legend like the movie suggests and maybe you can get through it.

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KennethSmith
Sep 02, 2017

What a treat. The story was developed by the great Ed Zwick which explains why it is as good an adventure story as it is. I have been enjoying director Zhang Yimou's work since the 1990s and this film has all of his virtues. Ramin Djawadi (from "Game of Thrones") provided one of his rousing musical scores. People who appreciate Hong Kong and Chinese cinema already know Andy Lau; this is a good introduction for those who are unfamiliar with him.

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rationallady
Sep 01, 2017

I only watched the first hour. Jacky Chan meets godzillas! Several excellent actors did this for the money.

Enespanol Aug 25, 2017

Si te gusta la Aventura, cambio de roles y nuevas expectativas definitivamente tiene que ver esta pelĂ­cula...

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simonbrenden
Aug 15, 2017

A poor film - if you are going to use fantastic beasts it is better in a fantasy. This one used history and tried to make it fantasy. Poor dialogue and acting with ridiculous special effects. The actors and the Western producers raved about the director and his previous work. I have seen three of the four films referenced and they were all so so. Sometimes a director gets a reputation for no reason that I can see. If they were to rave about Ang Lee or Wong Kar Wai, I could understand their eagerness to participate in one of their films.

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Charmed03
Aug 08, 2017

Gave it 1 1/2 as it had the potential to be great even best of the year. There is a story line the snippets of dialogue weren't enough to pull it all together. I'm sure the only people who can read it are the ones with perfect vision. I was able to use some imagination to think of it as a silent movie but with colour. I would have preferred had the story tellers given us a whole story.

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Ferrous1
Aug 02, 2017

I see that this movie has garnered a lot of negative comments, but i actually quite liked it. A variation on the Chinese fable movies where you have to suspend disbelief at the events in general, it offers colour soaked pageantry and great visuals which made it fun to watch. The acting was okay.
My biggest issue was why the main foreign characters didn't think to just get the formula for gun powder rather than wanting to haul a load of the heavy/dangerous material all the way back to Europe.

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kerri713
Jul 31, 2017

All I can say is AWFUL. Do not waste your time with this movie. I turned it off after 20 minutes.

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Vrouk
Jul 31, 2017

The action and the visual were pretty good; the story and the acting were bad. There was no real plot, other than Matt Damon comes to the Great Wall and helps fight monsters... Some real talent completely wasted in this film.

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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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