The Old Guard (2020) A Review

This may just be one of the best action films I have seen in a long, long time.  And the fantasy element adds a little bit of something, to stop it from being stale.

Certificate: 15

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Screenwriter: Greg Rucka, Greg Rucka (based on the graphic novel series by)

Starring: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Runtime: 118 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Andy (played by Charlize Theron) is the leader of a group of immortal mercenaries.  They have stayed hidden for hundreds of years, but now after being exposed, they have to track down the men who exposed them to stop their secret getting out.  But on the way, they find a young woman who has just come into her powers, and have to locate her and bring her into the fold before she is discovered as well.

This film may have some of the most well choreographed action scenes I have seen in an action film in a long time.  They flowed so beautifully and were shot so well, they were enticing to watch.  Charlize Theron has some weight in Action Movies by now, but here she brings a real sense of power to the physical parts of her role.  Usually over-long action sequences in films can get boring and repetitive kinda quickly, but not here.  The added bonus of the immortality story also means that they got to do different things with the action sequences that you don’t normally get to do.

All five members of our Immortal group worked great together.  They had excellent chemistry on screen and you could honestly believe that they had known each other for years.  Once Nile joins the group, the integration of her character is seamless and she works great with the group.  Andy does a great job at being her mentor, and it’s good to see her character soften a little with Nile.  Too often strong female characters in action films are portrayed too harshly.  So it was a good break, especially towards the end to see her allow herself to be more emotional.  Superb acting here all round.

I don’t know how I feel about the actual plot of the film.  It took a backseat most of the time to the group dynamics of our mercenaries.  It was only really towards the end that the plot really picked up any kind of pace.  And I also don’t know how I feel about the ending.  It’s hard to discuss without giving away any spoilers, but Andy’s story seems kind of wrapped up, but she is still there at the end.  And the last scene we see after the closing title card, seems to imply they are hoping for a sequel, because it leaves a LOT of things open and a leaves the audience with a whole bunch of new questions.

So I am still not certain about the plot.  But the characters, writing and direction are all excellent, that it will be ranked as one of my favourite Netflix films I have seen this year.

If you want to check this out for yourself, ‘The Old Guard’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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