IMDb Rating: 5.6/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Directed: Yimou Zhang
Release Date: 16 December 2016
Star Cast: Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal
The Great Wall is an odd film. On one hand it’s a great experiment. With China set to become the biggest movie industry in the world in a few years time, it was inevitable that Hollywood would invest towards that direction in some way. By casting Matt Damon in a film directed by Zhang Yimou it looked to be a step in the right direction. On the other hand this is not the blockbuster you’d expect from these two powerhouses of talent – The Great Wall is in fact the worst movie of their respective careers – neither having a heart to make you care nor having some path breaking VFX to simply enjoy over popcorn.
The story is pretty simple. William, an Irish soldier (Damon) and a Spanish compatriot Tovar (Pedro Pascal) arrive in China only to discover its Great Wall is attacked by mythical creatures called Taotie. The white men stay back in China to defend the kingdom from the beasts and collaborate with the Chinese military officials to stage different modes of attack.