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Friday, January 27, 2017

The Great Wall: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

William and Tovar (Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal) are the last remaining men in their group who are set to find a powerful gun powder in the Far East. While fleeing from the hilltop bandits the two were captured at one of the main outposts of the great wall where an army is preparing for a battle. They learn that there are dangerous creatures who are attacking the wall, and the army needs to protect it from reaching the other side. Soon, William must decide whether he will join the fight or just finish his first task and go back home.

The Great Wall has a very interesting idea about making another story about the walls. The structure of the story is pretty generic and way too predictable, but the delivery is simply neat and enjoyable from start to finish. The costumes are scintillating with vibrant colors that look lively on the screen plus the action scenes are dope and impressive. In short, the film is visually stunning throughout and an epic representation of innovative warfare between humans and monsters. 

This is all made possible by the slick director in Zhang Yimou, who creates a creative spectacle that simply entertains the audience and never had a dull moment. Although there are some scenes that feel a bit exaggerated. The stars did well with Matt Damon carrying the load behind his back. He shows that he still one of the most versatile actors in this era. Pedro Pascal also made a mark and showed that he can keep up with Matt Damon. They are both fun to watch and an awesome combination to make the film more interesting. Their Asian counterparts also didn't disappoint with the veteran Andy Lau and a very beautiful Tian Jing rounding up the cast. 

Overall, The Great Wall succeeds in bringing in an engaging popcorn cinematic experience with the battle scenes  alone are already worth of admission.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau

Directed by: Zhang Yimou 
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH 
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide


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