1,700 YEARS TO BUILD. 5,500 MILES LONG. WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO KEEP OUT?
During the 11th century, two Western mercenaries (Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal) are looking for the secret of gunpowder in China when they’re attacked by a monster; stumbling upon the Great Wall, they become involved in the battle against the taotie… Another adventurous epic from Zhang Yimou, clearly aimed for both American and Chinese audiences, but still making sure that Chinese mythology is at the heart of the movie. As expected from this filmmaker, the battles are colorful (in 3D) but the design of the monsters isn’t terribly inventive. The characters also remain rather hollow.
2016-China-U.S. 103 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Zhang Yimou. Cast: Matt Damon (William Garin), Jing Tian (Lin Mae), Pedro Pascal (Pero Tovar), Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Zhang Hanyu.
Trivia: At one point, Edward Zwick was reportedly considered for directing duties; Bryan Cranston for Dafoe’s role.