The visuals help to set the scenes well and director Gina Prince-Bythewood has decent pacing. The beginning is somewhat slow, but it picks up by the second act.
Here’s thought maybe Hollywood should try… take a critically acclaimed, graphic novel and turn it into a major motion picture. Oh wait, they have done that already, time and time again. So, what makes Netflix think it would be a good idea to bring The Old Guard to their streaming service? Are they just hopping on the bandwagon? Did they find something different and compelling in the story that made them want to film it? While I doubt we will ever know, The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde), will debut on the streaming channel at the end of this week.
Andy (Theron) is immortal and has lived for centuries. At first, she was alone but over time she finds others like her and together they fight for justice and freedom. Seeing as how they can’t die; they make the perfect soldiers. Well, that isn’t entirely true. One day their immortality goes away, but they don’t know when, how, or why. However, until that time, they live off the radar helping others when they can but mostly keeping to themselves so as to remain undiscovered. When they get set up by a former acquaintance, Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor; 12 Years a Slave) they once again go underground.
As they travel to Paris, they are all awoken by a dream…but, not a dream. At the same time, Nile (Kiki Layne; If Beale Street Could Talk) a combat Marine dies after having her throat slit but somehow manages to survive and has the same “dream” as the immortals. Andy recognizes another immortal in Nile and seeks her out to help her all the while both women question why she has popped up now and why Nile. Meanwhile, Copley has teamed with a big pharma company to try and capture the immortals in order to use their DNA to create medicines to save humankind. — More