The Great Wall

"You think they see you as some kind of hero? A man of virtue? Maybe you can fool them, but I know what you are. You know what you are. A thief, a liar, and a killer. You can never undo things you have done. And you will never be anything."   - Tovar

release year: 2017
genre: fantasy/action
viewing setting: home Bluray 12/28/17

synopsis: A couple of Westerners end up helping the Chinese army fight off a barrage of monsters.

impressions: I didn't think this was as bad as some reviews make it out to be. It's a stylish take on a war with some monsters, with all sorts of interesting weapons, defenses, and warfare elements. The monsters are surprisingly intelligent and crafty, always learning and adapting their tactics.

acting: Matt Damon is the main forgiener, who comes to steal black powder but ends up fighting because it's what's right. Pedro Pascal is his less idealistic/scrupulous friend. Willem Dafoe is an even less scrupulous westerner who's been around for a while. Jing Tian is the skilled and competent female general in charge of the Chinese forces.

final word: Very entertaining action/war with a fantasy twist.

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