The Great Wall

The Great Wall is a 2016 monster film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Matt Damon, who plays a European mercenary in China during the Song dynasty. He encounters the Great Wall of China and meets Chinese elite soldiers who defend against monsters attacking the wall. The Chinese-US co-production also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

Principal photography began on March 30, 2015, in Qingdao, China. The film was released in China on December 15, 2016, by China Film Group and was released in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada on February 17, 2017, by Universal.

Despite a big budget ($150 million) this is a very ‘B’ grade movie. Almost all the characters are stereotypes. Matt Damon is the hired gun who is noble to the end. Willem Defoe the baddy, and Pedro Pascal as the side-kick. Plus an army of thousands (most digital) fitted in immaculate and intricate armour that probably (in reality) took a village a year to make. Jing Tian (28) plays an impossibly young and beautiful commander.

The plot is basic, defend the Great Wall of China against a horde of digital creatures out to eat everything. The movie does look great, top notch GCI and not a speck of mud to be seen. It’s also amazingly silly, but fortunately these is a decent amount of spectacle,

Fun while it lasted.