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The Great Wall

The Great Wall
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
  • PG-13
  • 1h 52m
  • 2017
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From visionary director Zhang Yimou ("Hero," "House of Flying Daggers") comes "The Great Wall," an epic action-adventure centered on the construction of one of mankind's greatest wonders, the Great Wall of China. Superstar Matt Damon headlines an international cast that includes Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau. Damon plays an English mercenary who joins the fight against a horde of menacing creatures attempting to breach the colossal barrier.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: For a Yimou Zhang film featuring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe battling ancient monsters, The Great Wall is neither as exciting nor as entertainingly bonkers as one might hope.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Action fantasy based on Chinese myths falls short.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Great Wall is a fantasy action film set in medieval China starring Matt Damon. Violence is the main issue here; there's tons of peril and many battles, including sword fights, arrows piercing bodies, explosions, and more. Plus, many of the fights involve scary monsters (which have green blood), which wreak havoc and sometimes eat people. There's also a very little bit of swearing ("hell," "bastard," "bitch") and a bit of romantic tension between main characters. Speaking of the main characters, one is a strong, brave, principled female leader. While the film sparked controversy for casting a white actor in a story about China, the good news is that, for the most part, the movie avoids stereotyping; if anything, the white characters are portrayed as barbaric, while the Chinese are depicted as refined and honorable.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Fantasy
  • Release Date:February 17, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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