The Great Wall

In theatres February 17, 2017

The Great Wall is a 2016 monster film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Matt Damon who plays a European mercenary in China during the song dynasty. He encounters the Great Wall of China and meets Chinese soldiers who defend against monsters. The Chinese-US co production also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey towards heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.


  • Matt Damon – William Garin
  • Jing Tian – Commander Lin Mae of the Crane Troop
  • Pedro Pascal – Pero Tovar
  • Willem Dafoe – Sir Ballard
  • Andy Lau – Wang, Strategist and War Counselor for the nameless order
  • Zhang Hanyu – Shao, commander of the bear troop and general of the nameless order
  • Eddie Peng – Commander Wu of the Tiger Troop
  • Lu Han – Peng Yong, a warrior in the Bear troop
  • Lin Gengxin – Commander Chen of the eagle troop
  • Chen Xuedong – Commander of the Imperial Guard
  • Huang Xuan – Commander of the Deer troop
  • Wang Junkai – the emperor
  • Ryan Zheng – Shen


The Great Wall was released in China on December 15, 2016. It was released on February 17, 2017 in the United States by the Universal pictures.


As of March 5, 2017, The Great Wall has grossed $41.3 million in the United States and Canada and $278.9 million in the other territories nation wide against a production budget of $150 million.


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has an approval rating of 35% based on 179 reviews with an average rating of 4.9 out of 10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “For a Yimou Zhang fil featuring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe battling ancient monsters, The Great Wall is neither as exciting nor as entertainingly  bonkers as one might hope.” On metacritic, the movie has a score of 42 out of 100 based on 40 critics indicating average reviews.


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