The Rather Abysmal Wall

Mar 10, 2017 | Opinion, Reviews

No filmmaker is setting out to create rubbish, but sadly, I find that bad films, if you can call them films, are inevitably created. It seems like every time you visit the cinema, the box office is always listing a bunch of deplorable films doomed for mediocrity. These are the films that do just enough for the audience and just enough for the studio to rationalize more works of the same caliber.

One such film is The Great Wall. My dad, like a lot of people, has this weird craving for trite action films. As soon as he saw the trailer for The Great Wall, his desire for mediocrity was stirred.

The Great Wall stars Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Tian Jing, and Willem Dafoe. It’s set in the backdrop of some distorted Hollywood interpretation of ancient China where a great army defends the rest of the world from a mysterious hoard of

extremely green monsters. The film follows Matt Damon, who plays a European mercenary, as he encounters said army in its defense of the Great Wall of China. Everything about the film is predictable. This is because tolerable movies are just hodgepodges of prefabricated movie components that lack novel insight. The story follows an arc that seems to have masticated and regurgitated the same corny action DIY video that a lot movies are based on. The acting was so forgettable that I honestly don’t have anything to write about except to say that it made me cringe. Everything about the film reeks of banality.

Ultimately, The Great Wall will feed the festering, purulent archive of tolerable movies that only serve to remind me of the state of human decay.

It seems like every time you visit the cinema, the box office is always listing a bunch of deplorable films doomed for mediocrity.

Written by RICARDO G.

Written by RICARDO G.

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