The Great Wall (2017)
Two European soldiers (Matt Damon, Numan Acar) on a mission to find black powder in China stumble upon a Chinese army preparing for an attack at the Great Wall. One of these 2 men killed a mysterious creature along the way that seems to interest the Chinese, but when the wall is attacked by hoards of green monsters moments later, the only thing these men can do is help fight. Showing off their skills, the army is grateful for their support, but when their mission for the black powder becomes priority once again, they must choose the right path to stay alive.
The Great Wall is a weird, yet cliché movie. When I say weird, I’m referring to the Great Wall of China setting, the green monsters, and the costumes chosen to relate with the times (whenever that is). The color and styles of the uniforms make me think that this is futuristic, but the weapons and technology say otherwise. The cliché aspect of the film is throughout the story as it is basically a battle movie. The soldiers show up and have to help because they are prisoners, but they help their captors from the monsters in order to stay alive themselves. One of the men wants to stop the creatures completely while the other wants to get the powder and run. As the movie plays out, it moves more and more into territory we have seen countless times before which only makes it more boring to watch. The ending is the most cliché of all when “killing the queen” is the only way. The action might be okay for some, but it is similar to most other action/war flicks.
When it is all over, The Great Wall might have a unique idea and setting, but the story is generic and goes in a safe and overdone direction. Matt Damon feels out of place and I didn’t care about a single character in this movie. I can’t recommend this and, although this movie will be hard to forget because of the concepts, the story will make you wish you could. Co-starring Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Eddie Peng, Kenny Lin, Vicky Yu and Lu Han.
5/10 Stars – The concepts and ideas are unique, but the execution is bland, boring and full of clichés.