Before setting out, Lin sets William free. William and Tovar earn the soldiers' respect and are allowed to stay as guests instead of prisoners. When the Taotie Queen retrieves the horde, they know that they will be massively attacked by the Taoties and their only chance is to kill the Queen. The Wall, they say, was built to protect China from the dangerous creatures, the Nameless Order formed to fight them. More than 100 on-set translators worked with the various cast and crew members. Without their queen, the remaining Tao Tei are frozen solid in place. Shao and Lin lead the Deer soldiers to investigate, but are ambushed.
That night, two Tao Tieh reach the top of the Wall. While escaping with the hand of the monster, they stumble upon the Great Wall and are captured by General Shao, Commander Lin Mae, Strategist Wang and their army. Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment debuted eight character posters of the film on November 17, 2016. William is let out of his cell and is informed by Wang that the new objective is to kill the Taotie queen. Meanwhile, Tovar and Ballard find black powder hidden within the walls.
One lieutenant says that they must bring the beast to the Emperor. Wang requests that they find the captured monster to use in order to kill the queen. In the film, they only care about getting tasty human food, nothing else. Queen's death causes the signal to die out completely, killing the rest of the colony by deactivating their brains. During the Song Dynasty, the Tao Tei attempted another invasion into the interior of China, but were once again repelled by the Nameless Order. The next day, reaching the Wall, they are taken prisoner by soldiers of the Nameless Order, led by General Shao and Strategist Wang. The queen is destroyed, and the rest of the horde is frozen solid.
They go through an underground canal as the rest of the monsters are above ground. Suddenly, a wave of monsters attack the Great Wall, and the battalions are mobilized. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. The monster was a symbol of greed and fierceness, and was extremely common imagery during the Shang dynasty 1600-1050 B. Tovar and Ballard are riding through the desert. The three Europeans secretly plan to steal gunpowder and flee during the next monster attack.
They get a good shot from the top of the tower and proceed to fire rockets at the queen, but she is protected by larger beasts with scales that deflect the rockets. Wang tells the men the legend of the monsters, known as the Taotie. Around this time, an envoy from the capital arrives with an ancient scroll which suggests that the monsters are pacified by magnets. Resting in a cave a few miles north of the Great Wall, they are attacked by a monster, leaving only William and Tovar alive. Wang throws Lin a stone right before he is killed.
With the threat eliminated, William is allowed to return home and elects to take Tovar with him instead of the powder, much to Tovar's annoyance. The Nameless Order was formed to combat the Tao Tei and the Great Wall was erected to safeguard the land. This delays his escape plans, angering Tovar, who nevertheless assists William despite Ballard's protests. Lin orders William to be locked up while she and her troops go after the other two. Several monsters burst in and rush toward Peng.
Soon they learn that the soldiers are trained to fight monsters called Taotie that attack the humans every sixty years. The Great Wall opens with William Matt Damon , a European mercenary, riding through desert lands with a handful of men. . The three head up the tower to strike the queen. There appear to be three main breeds of Tao Tei: Soldiers, Defenders, and the Queen. During the night, two Taoties reach the top of the Wall and silently kill several watchmen.
Both sides sustain heavy losses before the monsters' queen aborts the attack. The way in which the film champions the traditionalist Chinese values of characters such as Lin over those of William is in keeping with the thematic motifs of Yimou's previous movies see Hero, in particular , but it does so at the expense of giving its protagonists more compelling personal arcs. On the same day, Maoyan took down its 'professional score' for The Great Wall. Despite some inspired elements, The Great Wall is an odd mashup of Hollywood monster blockbuster and sweeping Chinese fantasy epic. The troops shoot arrows and more rockets at the monsters as they attempt to make their way toward the queen. The troops put explosives all over the monster and feed it meat to bring to the queen. While examining the severed monster leg, the Order's commanders are surprised by the first assault from the monster horde, one week early.
See it on as big a screen as you can. He tells William that he will be nothing but a liar. Few characters emerge out of the blur. Detained, he now serves as an English and Latin teacher. They are the last outpost protecting the capital. Those are the four-legged, man-eating creatures of ancient Chinese folklore that are attacking the Great Wall and the armies that defend it, as the Taotie are said to do every 60 years. The Tao Tieh came to Earth when a metorite came down from the heavens.
The Nameless Order is divided into five special units: the melee-specialist Bear Troop, the acrobatic-specialist Crane Troop, the archer-specialist Eagle Troop, the siege engine-specialist Tiger Troop, and the horse-mounted Deer Troop. William suggests that they capture one of the monsters and sedate it in order to test this strategy. Shao is killed in the fight. When they suffer attack from the horde of Taoties, William and Tovar also fight helping General Shao. Soon they learn that the soldiers are trained to fight monsters called Taotie that attack the humans every sixty years. Good luck with those Tao Tei nightmares. However, their expedition proves to be far from successful, leaving William and Pero as the only survivors of their original group, after an encounter with a strange creature one night.