Movie Review: The Old Guard

Details: More information can be found at https://www.netflix.com/title/81038963 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7556122/

Score: 6.8/10

The Old Guard is a Netflix movie based on a comic book. I think it was supposed to be released in theaters, but with the pandemic, it went straight to streaming.

The movie is about a group of immortals who secretly go around the world killing bad people and helping good people. It’s led by Andy (played by Charlize Theron). When a pharmaceutical company comes gunning for them in order to find out the secret of their immortality, the group must defeat them and find a way to maintain their anonymity.

This is an action movie and that’s where most of the entertainment comes from. This is yet another movie that exists as evidence to the influence of John Wick. It’s a lot of John Wick style gun plus hand to hand combat action scenes. It’s mostly well done action, though it does not rise to the level of John Wick.

What distinguishes this film from other action movies is that a lot of the movie is spent just exploring the circumstances around being an immortal. In that sense, it’s a lot like Highlander, where a lot of the movie was just exploring this idea. As an immortal, they watch love one die and constantly deal with loneliness. There’s a whole bunch of other stuff that distinguishes this specific type of immortality in comparison to other works of fiction that explore the idea, but it’s mostly the same.

Overall, the movie was entertaining, but ranks as a mostly average action movie. The ending sets up a sequel, but without this movie making big numbers/money, I don’t see how a sequel will ever get made.

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