The Great Battle review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA continues to be the go to company for some of the best films coming out of the Asian film market. Their latest. The Great Battle looks to continue that streak and with a trailer that promised a ton of action could it live up to its title or will it fail to scale the wall for victory?
The Great Battle follows the story of the Siege of Ansi, where Goguryeo forces held their fortress against 200,000 invading Tang soldiers in a battle that raged for 88 days. I love these types of films and this one does not disappoint. Right from the beginning they let you know that this film is planning to live up to the story it is based on. For all intents and purposes this is literally a two hour movie with almost nonstop action. Often times I find this to be exhausting, but they have crafted just enough in between to keep you invested and ready for the next blade to be drawn.
The story here is one that we have seen a thousand times, but it being based on a true story makes it all the more interesting. The real magic here are the battles and there are a ton of them. As I mentioned before there is almost a non-stop battle sequence occurring from beginning to end. There are some CGI moments that are a bit klunky here and there, but as a whole they are epic and well executed. They pull no punches with each battle making sure to showcase that this is a real life or death war as opposed to focusing on just the fun wire work. There are dismemberments, decapitations and epic arrow barrages that is insanely fun to watch and lives up to the title in every way.
I loved this movie and is one that needs to be seen by anyone that are fans of Asian cinema or just epic war pieces in general. There aren’t a ton of bonus features here, but the movie enough is worth it so check out The Great Battle available now from Well Go USA.