The Great Wall (2016)


“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

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Two European mercenaries travel to the Far East in order to obtain powerful explosives but end up discovering the secret of why the Great Wall of China was erected so long ago.

My Take on it – Ever since Manchester By the Sea (2016) came out and it was announced that Matt Damon passed on the lead role in order to be a part of this film, I have been quite curious to see what this film was all about.

Manchester is my favorite film of 2016 and I couldn’t imagine someone wanting to pass on that film in order to make anything else.

Once I saw this film, I was even more baffled because even in any conceivable alternate world, there is no way one could think that this film would be better than that one.

I think this film hopefully has taught Matt to think real hard before making poor decisions like that one.

That being said, Damon himself isn’t really built physically to be a real action hero and looks so out of place in such a role.

If he appears in some kind of action-thriller, his role as Jason Bourne proves that he can be a good spy, but action hero?

Not a chance.

This film is further proof as to how much of a fallacy it was for them to believe he could act like an action hero.

The special effects are done quite poorly and instead of helping the film it takes away from it because some of the scenes look so silly instead of being thrilling and action-packed.

The battle scenes are choreographed well, but they don’t help make this film even more enjoyable at all.

Bottom Line – Still can’t believe Damon skipped doing Manchester By the Sea (2016) in order to make this turkey.  The special effects are poorly done and the story is extremely silly instead of feeling thrilling and adventurous as one would hope. Damon is not built to be a real action hero and this movie proves that he was such a poor choice of the lead. The battle scenes against the monsters are definitely choreographed well yet don’t really help make the film even more enjoyable.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When William (Matt Damon) was asked if he had been left behind before, he replied, “Yes. Twice before. And it didn’t end well for them.” A nod to his previous films ‘The Martian’ and ‘Interstellar’, in both of which he was left behind on other planets. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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