Flashy, fun but more OK than great
decides to join the epic fight, while Tovar looks to another prisoner, Ballard (Willem Dafoe), to help plan his escape.
Plotwise, that’s basically it; the focus here is clearly on style over substance. The battle scenes are a visual treat, featuring colourcoded army factions and plenty of slicing and dicing action. Lin’s Crane Corps, a group of women who bungee-jump off the wall with spears to attack the Tao Tei, are particularly impressive.
But it doesn’t take long for that thrill to wear off, and what’s left is clunky dialogue and wooden acting. Damon, who tries – and fails – to pull off some sort of accent (Irish, maybe?), just doesn’t have much chemistry with Tovar or Lin, and none of the Chinese characters are given any real depth.
The final result is flashy, fullon and even a bit fun at times – just don’t expect greatness. – Christina Kuntz
Matt Damon shows up in The Great Wall with an accent that varies from one line to the next. The battle scenes are a visual treat, featuring colour-coded army factions and plenty of slicing and dicing action.