The Great Wall 3D (12A)



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Action (2016)
103mins Chi/US

Starring: Tian Jing, Pedro Pascal, Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe
Director: Zhang Yimou
Writer(s): Doug Miro, Tony Gilroy, Carlo Bernard
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Every 60 years, hordes of flesh-hungry monsters called the Tao Tei rise in search of prey and a secret military sect called the Nameless Order coalesces to repel these creatures from atop the wall. General Shao and his brilliant strategist Wang are in charge of the latest defence mission. Two mercenaries, William and Tovar, stumble into the middle of this conflict and pledge their support to the Chinese in their battle with the Tao Tei.

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The Great Wall (12A)

East meets west, but the filmmaking heads south in director Zhang Yimou's hulking historical romp, which imagines a special effects-heavy monster mash atop one of the world's architectural marvels. The Great Wall is the most expensive film made in China and looks ravishing. Sweeping, panoramic shots of the man-made structure snaking across the countryside, or shrouded in heavy morning mist, provide a stunning backdrop to artfully choreographed battle sequences and slow-motion slaughter. Costumes and production design spare no expense, festooning the screen with hundreds of nameless extras in intricate armour, locked in fierce battle with hordes of computer-generated creatures under the control of a vengeful queen...

The Great Wall. Copyright: Universal Pictures. Caption: Matt Damon stars in The Great Wall, directed by Zhang Yimou. Photo: Jasin Boland. All Rights Reserved.It's Starship Troopers reset to the pomp and colour-saturated pageantry of imperial China, steeped in the myths and traditions of a regimented society that preaches unerring obedience to the Emperor above selfish personal advancement. Yimou doesn't disappoint when it comes to jaw-dropping spectacle, but the script, credited to a trio of American writers, repeatedly scrimps on coherent plotting and characterisation, with perfunctory dialogue in both English and Mandarin. Every 60 years, hordes of flesh-hungry, green-blooded monsters called the Tao Tei rise to punish avaricious mankind. A secret military sect called the Nameless Order, led by General Shao (Zhang Hanyu) and brilliant strategist Wang (Andy Lau), exists solely to repel these hideous beasts from atop the wall.

Defences are divided between five colour-coded garrisons, each with a different specialty: the black Bear Troop of close-quarter fighters, the blue Crane Troop of spear-wielding acrobats, the red Eagle Troop of archers, the bronze Tiger Troop of heavy artillery experts, and the magenta Deer Troop of horseback warriors. Two mercenaries, William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal), who are searching for "black powder", stumble into the middle of this brutal and bloodthirsty conflict. William is bewitched by the Crane Troop's beautiful leader, Commander Lin (Tian Jing), and pledges his support to the Chinese in their battle against the Tao Tei. However, Tovar reminds his murderous comrade that their fate and personal fortune rest on stealing gunpowder from their hosts with the help of another bandit, Ballard (Willem Dafoe). As the mighty queen Tao Tei issues her battle cry and creatures swarm at the foot of the wall, William must decide where his allegiances lie.

The Great Wall is an exceedingly expensive and glossy B-Movie, elevated to entertaining hokum by directorial brio and solid performances from the international cast. Damon's accent is a wonder of the world by itself, ricocheting between Irish, English and gruff American from one scene to the next. He's more than a match for the physical rigours of the role, sparking pleasing screen chemistry with Jing, whose feisty and appealing heroine cuts through the swaggering machismo. Dafoe gratefully picks up his pay cheque for a nondescript supporting performance.

- Sam Cannon

The Great Wall. Copyright: Universal Pictures. Caption: Matt Damon stars in The Great Wall, directed by Zhang Yimou. Photo: Jasin Boland. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 17th February
To Thursday 23rd February

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Armagh, Armagh Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Cineworld Bedford
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Bishop's Stortford, Empire Bishop's Stortford
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Cineworld Yate
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Cavan Town, Odeon Cavan
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Downpatrick, Eclipse Cinemas Downpatrick
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Haverhill, Cineworld Haverhill
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Lerwick, Mareel
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Louth, Playhouse
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Cineworld Southampton
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- St. Neots, Cineworld St Neots
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
From Friday 24th February
To Thursday 2nd March

- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Catterick Garrison, Empire Catterick Garrison
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Downpatrick, Eclipse Cinemas Downpatrick
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham


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