“The Old Guard” could’ve been so much more

“The Old Guard” could’ve been so much more

The Old Guard is based on the comic Old Guard: Opening Fire, a five-part series by Greg Rucka.

Starring Charlize Theron as Andy, Charlize Theron as Andy / Andromache of Scythia, KiKi Layne as Nile Freeman, Matthias Schoenaerts as Booker / Sebastian Le Livre, Marwan Kenzari as Joe / Yusuf Al-Kaysani, Luca Marinelli as Nicky / Nicoló di Genova, Chiwetel Ejiofor as James Copley and Harry Melling as Steven Merrick.

Plot Summary: The story follows a group of immortal mercenaries with healing abilities on a mission for revenge.

The film makes good use of its source material by not pulling the curtains when someone gets shot or dislocates a limb. You’ll bite your nails seeing bones poking out of their flesh while they heal. The action sequences are a fun watch. Charlize Theron channels her inner Atomic Blonde once more as a badass who can clear out a room filled with armored soldiers. Double tapping is a principle and her ax provides the final touch. I’m interested to see Charlize Theron in more of these action films that demand a lot of physicalities because she can really kick. Who knows, maybe she’ll join the John Wick franchise!¬†

It has a ton of potential to be the film it wants it to be. It would have been more interesting to see the battle during the Crusades between Joe and Nicky and it would have been more interesting to see more of Quyn and Andy’s conquests. Instead, we only see a glimpse of that through a ho-hum roundtable conversation.

I felt so uncomfortable with the misplaced tension between Andy and the cashier from the store. The cashier patches Andy’s wounds inside a storeroom. The camera is framed at a tight angle and they talk slowly. Was that scene meant to be romantic? If so, then they could’ve given the audience visual cues, or if not they could’ve framed it at a farther distance. It just felt so unnecessary.

The villain named “Merrick” is as one-note as an MCU villain. You aren’t given a backstory as to why he’s so passionate about money-making. He’s just a prick whom we don’t care whether he lives or dies. Nile, Booker, and hell even Chiwetel’s characters are so cookie-cutter that it could’ve been played by anybody. The only interesting accessory characters are Nick and Joey. They are given some funny lines and their scene inside the armored vehicle was funny to see. The film would’ve benefited from a flashback as to how they became a couple.

Watch this movie for Charlize Theron, Nick, Joey and the action scenes executed for the concept. The rest is just a drag.

Overall, The Old Guard gets a 6/10

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