The Eight Hundred Reviews

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October 28, 2020
As bombastic and melodramatic as one might expect it to be, The Eight Hundred is also relentlessly thrilling, and exquisitely photographed on huge, practical sets.
October 15, 2020
The scale and period detail are often jaw dropping. The carnage is massive and the unflinching brutality of the fighting includes some hard-to-watch scenes where soldiers are forced at gunpoint by a sadistic commander to execute prisoners.
October 8, 2020
The benefit is a quite overwhelming, palpable realism.
October 2, 2020
It serves as a big-budget corrective to myths about war generated by Western cinema, such as the idea that Asians stood by to watch while Westerners fight their battles.
September 24, 2020
There's never a dull moment over the long running time.
September 20, 2020
The absence of any well-developed characters makes The Eight Hundred a hollow experience, and one which only delivers a long two and a half hours of empty sound and fury.
September 19, 2020
A towering technical achievement which commands attention from start to finish.
September 19, 2020
The Eight Hundred bites off more that it can chew but it consistently serves up gripping filmmaking on the biggest canvas.
September 17, 2020
"The Eight Hundred" fetishizes martyrdom, but for those seeking big-screen, epic violence, it's pretty much the only game in town.
September 16, 2020
Guan goes hammer and tongs with the special effects, delivering stupendously, joint-rattlingly-loud battle scenes and combat sequences edited to the lightning pace of a superhero movie.
September 12, 2020
"An excellent film filled with real emotion, real bravery and real reactions that showcases the complexities of men faced with near-certain death."
September 10, 2020
We watch them stand for their country amid the gore-soaked horror of war, with action filmed up close, with amazing aerial shots, and inside various environments that dazzle the eyes.
September 7, 2020
"Overall, the film is still worth a watch if you're interested in Chinese history and politics. If the political message doesn't interest you, at least The Eight Hundred has decent special effects amidst explosions and gun battles."
September 4, 2020
The Eight Hundred is a great story depicting the Chinese front.
September 1, 2020
The Eight Hundred is thin on characterization, and too often slips into rote narrative and war movie cliches.
August 31, 2020
Digging past the surface morale boosting, you will find a darker story.
August 31, 2020
An entertaining, thought at times taxing, experience that succeeds at once as being a distinctive yet conventional entrant in the war film genre.
August 28, 2020
[A]t least those who like blunt metaphors with their war movies will get a kick out of Hu's most blatant device: a majestic white horse that the NRA lets gallop through the warehouse as if rubber-stamped with the words "hope."
August 28, 2020
At its heart, The Eight Hundred is the kind of rousing war story we're used to seeing out of Britain and America, full of heroism, sacrifice, and baby-faced soldiers who go beyond the call of duty.
August 28, 2020
A film with ambitions as wide as the screen it should be seen on, it uses expert craftsmanship to tell a story of war heroism and patriotism that is both intimately familiar and somehow foreign to U.S. audiences
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