"Reel Reviews: Netflix’s ‘The Old Guard’ is not your average superhero movie" by: Jessica Shepard

   “The Old Guard” is not your typical superhero movie or franchise and that’s one of the main things I love about it.
   Not to mention, it’s been on Netflix for over a month and I’m a little late getting around to reviewing it.
   I still maintain that the film could have definitely been an awesome contender in theaters but it really shines in the comfort of home.
   The Old Guard is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Greg Rucka, based on his comic book of the same name.
   The film stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Michael Ward, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
   The movie is rated R for sequences of graphic violence, and language and runs at 125 minutes total.
   Andromache “Andy” of Scythia (Theron), Booker (Schoenaerts), Joe (Kenzari), and Nicky (Marinelli) are centuries-old warriors with regenerative healing abilities who use their vast experience to help people.
   Former CIA operative Copley (Ejiofor) hires them to rescue a group of kidnapped children in South Sudan; which would be their second job with Copley; something Andy is reluctant to do.
   Unfortunately, it’s a trap and they are ambushed by a squad of highly trained mercenaries.
   After healing their wounds and killing their attackers, they realize that Copley set them up.
   Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Nile Freeman (Layne) has her throat slit while taking down a military target, only to recover without a scratch.
   Soon after, she shares a disturbing dream with the other immortals, who are then alerted to her existence.
   Andy tracks down and rescues Freeman before military personnel can abduct her for testing.
   Copley shows the video of the ambush to pharmaceutical executive Steven Merrick (Melling), who sends operatives to capture the team.
   Fun fact, if you can’t stand Merrick’s persona – he’s played by the same actor who was Dudley Dursely in the famous Harry Potter cinematic universe and some of that nastiness seems to translate over easily to this role.
   Andy brings Nile to France, where Nile meets the rest of their team.
   She is told about Quynh (Ngo), the first of Andy’s comrades, who was cast into the sea in an iron maiden and had been continually drowning ever since.
   The group also reveals that they are not truly immortal: their ability to heal eventually stops, which happened to a previous immortal, Lykon (Ward).
   The group is ambushed by Merrick’s forces; Joe and Nicky are captured while a heavily wounded Booker is left behind.
   Andy kills their assailants but discovers that she has lost her immortality as her injuries do not heal.
   Naturally, as the group’s leader, she hides that fact from Booker and Nile.
   Booker locates Copley, while Nile separates from the group to reunite with her family.
   Andy and Booker confront Copley, only for Booker to betray Andy by wounding her, arguing that Merrick might find a way to end their immortality.
   As they are captured, Booker realizes that Andy is not healing.
   Copley has a change of heart when he sees that Merrick is willing to torture the immortals indefinitely to study them.
   Overall, I loved this film and have re-watched it several times already.
   There’s just something epic and awesome in Charlize Theron’s fight sequences and I think that comes from the fact that she does a lot of her own stunts.
   Already, there are rumors of another Guard film and I’m down for it!
   Especially since the graphic novel series has four total books – that seems like plenty of material to work with.

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