Matt Damon Saves China, But Can't Save China's Biggest Film Production

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The Great Wall of China was built to protect Chinese states and empires and prevent raids and invasions. The original conception of the wall took place from 259-210 B.C.E., but then went through a few millennia of on and off construction. The Great Wall we know today was built in between the 14th and 17th century and became a lasting symbol of the country’s resilience and strength.

Its latest portrayal comes in the year’s first blockbuster film, the unmemorable “The Great Wall,” a grand, CGI-heavy spectacle in which Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting”, the “Bourne” saga) and a massive infantry of Chinese warriors seek to defeat an equally massive army of extraterrestrial monsters.


The story is based on a so-called legend that could have only been conceived in Hollywood: a wily European mercenary William Garin (Damon), along with his silver-tongued Spanish sidekick Pero Tovar (comedically played by Pedro Pascal of “Game of Thrones”), is taken captive by a secret fortress-protecting warrior army known as The Nameless Order, led by strong-willed Lin Mae (breakout actress Jing Tian) and an adviser named Wang (Andy Lau, “House of Flying Daggers,” “Internal Affairs”). Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man”) co-stars as a Western prisoner, held captive by The Nameless Order for 25 years.

As the two Europeans are taken captive, the army is preparing for an invasion like no other: a mythological species of savage, extraterrestrial monsters, the Tao Tei, which run from the mountains from the North every 60 years to wreak havoc upon the Chinese.

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