Charlize Theron takes on the role of leader of a band of immortal warriors in The Old Guard, July 10 on Netflix. Should we watch or skip it?...
Charlize Theron takes on the role of leader of a band of immortal warriors in The Old Guard, July 10 on Netflix. Should we watch or skip it?
Haven't you ever dreamed of being immortal? Andy (full name Andromache the Scythian, as the Trojan heroine of Euripides' tragedy), the heroine of The Old Guard, the new Netflix-stamped action movie available on Friday, July 10th on the platform, is. So is the band of brave mercenaries she leads, who have been working in the shadows for centuries for the good of humanity. But when the guild is unmasked, it will have to fight to preserve its identity, just as a new fighter joins its ranks...
Forever is harder than it looks. Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (Kiki Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE & BASKETBALL, BEYOND THE LIGHTS), THE OLD GUARD is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks.
Since her role as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, which she regrets not being able to find in the spin off centered on this character, director George Miller preferring to call upon a younger actress, Charlize Theron doesn't take off.
Between Atomic Blonde, the Fast and Furious franchise and now The Old Guard, the beautiful South African has proved she's a woman of action, and a pro at fighting! That's where the strength of this rather endearing "old guard" lies, and the inflated cast (Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor...): its heroic mountain scenes and graphic violence, which is all the more appreciated as the film is adapted from the comic book by Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Black Magick), who has enlisted the talents of Argentinean cartoonist Leandro Fernandez. We won't lie to you: yes, the film is based on a plot that is, after all, banal, ironic and predictable. But it shows a nice work on the personal history and psychology of these eternal warriors. In the same way, this first part (yes, the end of the film and its post-generic scene calls for a sequel if it's a success... but we won't tell you more about it), which is also a first feature for its director Gina Prince-Bythewood, has the merit of being shot in real settings, which participate to the very organic side of the feature film, far from the overabundance of green backgrounds often typical of superhero films. So, do you let yourself be tempted?
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