Streaming now on Netflix
While other superhero movies like Wonder Woman 1984 and Balck Widow have been stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Netflix has given us another woman-led superhero film with Charlize Theron front and center. Based on a comic book of the same name, The Old Guard follows a group of immortal warriors led by Andromache of Scythia, also known as Andy (Charlize Theron). A quick backstory reveals that her immortality is not absolute and can be taken away at any time. We also see how her long-time companion Quynh (Van Veronica Ngo) was separated from her and entombed under the sea, which made Andy live with guilt. In the present day, Andy is the leader of immortal vigilantes who have bonded over fighting crime for the greater good for centuries. The newest member of their squad is the US Marine Nile Freeman (KiKi Layne). Things take a drastic turn when they meet ex-CIA Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who doesn’t turn out to be who he says he is and this leads the band of immortals down a path that will make them fight for each other and test their loyalties.
Not wildly original
The Old Guard doesn’t have a highly original plot, which makes a lot of it slightly predictable. We meet immortal warriors who are like family and have been around for centuries. We meet Joe (Marwan Kenzari) and Nicky (Luca Marinelli) who are a couple and they met while fighting on the opposite sides of the Crusades and then there is Booker who is a veteran of the Napoleonic wars. Andy, who is the oldest, does not reveal her age.
The action and Charlize Theron keep the film from dying
The plot couldn’t have been a lot tighter, maybe explored a little more about the mystery or the past of these warriors’ immortality. Instead, it drags through unnecessary places. Charlize Theron is brilliant; her badass acting keeps you hooked until the end. By the end of the film, we see what a softie she really is.
Do we smell a sequel?
The Old Guard ends in quite an unexpected way and basically sets itself up for a squeal. It’s safe to assume that this is very likely a possibility. Maybe we will get to see the sequel in the theatres. Fingers crossed!
WATCH OR NOT:
The Old Guard is worth the watch. You may as well get some popcorn and snacks ready for your movie night.
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Streaming on: Netflix