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Movie review: The Great Wall

"The Great Wall" is a fantastic action and visual treat for anyone who enjoys a grand ancient Chinese film genre. The fight scenes and the military aesthetics of the war from the Nameless order was just flawless. The plot surely will make you want to google the reason why the actual wall was built. "The Great Wall" is a film that you should see in cinemas, and we are thinking this would be more awesome in 3D.

We love that there is a healthy balance of action, suspense, drama and humor in the film. The stunning and picturesque backgrounds and landscapes are very detailed. I just hope that at some parts they wouldn't look as perfect as it was in the film because they look too unnatural (or perhaps they truly look like that in China, especially the rocky sedimentary rock mountains. The movements of the Tao Tei and it's anatomical design will give you goosebumps. We also enjoyed the visual richness of the Imperial Capital and the Nameless Order army in battle formation. The machines and weapons used for the battle siege in this film was perfect.

Set in an alternate vision of ancient China (circa 1100 A.D., during the Song Dynasty), the story imagines that The Wall was built to defend against a mythical Chinese creature called the Tao Tei (historical spelling, “Taotie”), a malignant species and gargoyle-like figure from Chinese mythology that rises every 60 years from the heart of the Jade Mountain to attack in vast, swarming armies and feed on humankind.

In the film, when a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts, intent on devouring the world, 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 this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.

Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures, along with China Film Co., Ltd. and Le Vision Pictures, present The Great Wall, an epic action-adventure depicting a monstrous threat hidden for centuries behind one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world.

The thrilling adventure comes from an original screenplay by the writing duo Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro (Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Legacy). It is based on a story by Max Brooks (World War Z) and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz (The Last Samurai).

"The Great Wall" Displays Character Posters for Main Cast

Opening across the Philippines on January 25, The Great Wall is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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