Flashy, fun but more OK than great

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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.

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