The Great Wall

2017 At the movies Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the March 2017 Edition

Starring: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe
Director: Yimou Zhang

“When a mercenary warrior is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.”

As the storyline indicates, the movie genre is action/adventure/fantasy. It seems difficult to avoid the popularity of these productions if you are a regular movie theater goer and enjoy the big screen and some really good pop-corn. As I’ve indicated before, the prolific science fiction movies these days leave me craving for something more realistic. But there you go; fantasy does take you away from the real world sometimes and gives you a welcome few hours buried in fantasy.

The special effects and costuming of these productions continue to ‘blow my mind’ so to speak. The sets and lo-cations are absolutely stunning to see. Much of this movie was filmed in China and the depictions of the vast Great Wall of China are truly unbelievable. As well, the surrounding terrain and vast scenes of the armies and beasts are extremely well done and ‘in your face’. The storyline is completely predictable but Matt Damon and cast pull it off with enthusiasm and therefore the movie is quite entertaining and enjoyable.

The IMDB rating is 6.3/10 based on about 9,834 viewers.

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