GATUNEK: Akcja, Przygodowy, Fantasy , LEKTOR PL
OPIS FILMU: Wielki Mur – The Great Wall ukaże wydarzenia rozgrywające się w XV-wiecznych Chinach. Najemnik William Garin, przemierza świat w poszukiwaniu tajemniczego wybuchowego prochu, który w czasach wojny mógłby stać się największym skarbem. Którejś nocy jednak jego grupa zostaje zaatakowana przez nieprawdopodobnego wroga, a przy życiu pozostają tylko on i Tovar, którzy pokonali tajemniczego potwora. Mają więc przy sobie zadziwiające trofeum – odcięty pazur potwora. To ono – jako dowód, że pokonali bestię, pozwoli im przeżyć, kiedy zostaną uwięzieni w wielkiej fortyfikacji. Niebawem dwoje przyjaciół znajdzie się w niewoli, by stanąć do nierównej walki z nieokiełznaną armią potworów atakujących Wielki Mur który ma nie tylko zatrzymać najeźdźców, ale i obronić państwo przed magicznymi potworami. W jednego z wojowników w filme The Great Wall – Wielki Mur wcieli się Matt Damon, któremu na ekranie będą towarzyszyć: Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau i Tian Jing.
PLOT: During the Song dynasty, a few miles north of the Great Wall, William, Tovar, and three other survivors from a European mercenary group searching black powder are pursued by Khitan bandits. Upon escaping they seek refuge in a cave, but are attacked by a shadowy monster, leaving only William and Tovar alive, the former having slashed off the monster’s hand. The next day, they stumble upon the Great Wall and are taken prisoner by Chinese soldiers, who are led by General Shao, General Lin, and Strategist Wang. The officers have been preparing for a monster invasion which happens once every sixty years. However, they are frightened upon seeing the monster’s hand, identified as a member of the Taotie species, as they believed the invasion was still weeks away. Suddenly, a wave of monsters attack the Great Wall, and the soldiers respond with archery, ballistas, and catapaults which throw burning rocks. Lin leads a company of female soldiers who jump off the Wall and are pulled back with elastic cords. The monsters are more intelligent and numerous than the soldiers’ expectations, but are repelled with William and Tovar’s assistance, which earns the soldiers’ respect. Later, William and Tovar meet Sir Ballard, a European who, like them, had ventured east twenty-two years ago in search of black powder, which might be sold for a fortune back in Europe. However, Ballard was also taken prisoner, and has been serving as an English and Latin teacher. The three men discuss plans to steal black powder from the store-room and flee while the soldiers are occupied by battle.
During the night, two monsters manage to climb the Great Wall and kill a guard. Shao and Lin lead a platoon to investigate, but they are ambushed and Shao is killed, leaving Lin in charge. Around this time, an envoy from the capital, Bianliang, arrives with an ancient scroll, which suggests that the monsters are pacified by magnets. To test this theory, William suggests that Lin should capture a monster alive using harpoons laced with sedatives, and delays his escape plans to help. At the next battle, several monsters are ensnared, and William bravely slides down a chain to ensure that an ensnared monster is not freed by other monsters. Tovar delays his escape to assist William, to Ballard’s disappointment. The soldiers resist the monsters by fighting vertically along the Wall while tied to a chain, and by using spinning mechanical blades. As the monsters are too numerous, Lin resorts to using black powder rockets, whose existence had been a secret. After the battle, the captured monster is taken to the capital by the envoy. A short while later, a hole is discovered in the base of the Great Wall, which the monsters have used as a bypass, a reflection of their cleverness. While Lin investigates, Tovar and Ballard try to escape, and knock William unconscious for resisting. Some distance away, Ballard abandons Tovar, stealing his horse, but is captured by the Khitans, who accidentally ignite a bomb killing themselves and Ballard. Tovar reclaims the horses, but is captured by Chinese riders.
Knowing that the monsters are nearing the capital, Lin orders the use of an unstable technology, namely hot-air balloons, to reach the capital more quickly. Most of the balloons catch fire and the soldiers fall to their deaths. William boards the last balloon with Wang, following Lin to the capital, where they find most of the city already ruined. However, they think of a plan to kill the queen monster by tying explosives to the captured monster from earlier, and giving the monster meat to deliver to the queen. The three people climb a tower to shoot a black powder rocket to detonate the explosives, during which Wang is killed. Two rockets fail, but the third succeeds, after William throws a magnetic stone at the queen right before the rocket hits. In the aftermath, Lin is promoted to regional marshal, and William forgoes a reward in exchange for freeing Tovar. The two are allowed to return to Europe and a contingent of cavalry are sent to protect them.