Film that provides generic action
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.
The Old Guard is a well-balanced film that provides generic action and more unexpected drama with some heart. Don’t be mislead though. The Old Guard still kicks butt and takes names.
However, if you were thinking that this film was going to be the second coming of Chris Hemsworth’s Extraction film then you’ll be disappointed. It’s not that action-packed. The Old Guard actually tries to care about its characters and their feelings and then the action comes in as a secondary priority. Charlize Theron is solid, as expected, and Kiki Layne seems to really be coming along as a co-star in this role too.
All in all, The Old Guard can make for a decent watch as a Netflix film. I get the impression that this might have actually worked much better as a series rather than a full length movie. There’s more context that could’ve been fleshed out to give the story a little more impact. Feel free to give The Old Guard a watch on Netflix when you have some time.