China’s big attempt to break into the international blockbuster market is safe and sturdy – qualities better suited to a wall than an epic.
China’s most expensive film production ever was also, briefly, one of its most controversial: when Matt Damon was announced in the lead role, many assumed fantasy epic The Great Wall would be yet another case of Hollywood “whitewashing”.
These characters represent the dark heart of the Ukraine. They are members of an enclosed society, a group cut off from the world around them.
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Complex characters carry WWII drama.
Holland’s great strength is her rapport with actors, and she garners uniformly strong performances here
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