“The Old Guard”, now available on Netflix, is perfect as an action genre film, wonderful as a superhero film, and groundbreaking as a film itself.
The action here is purely stylish, violent and old-fashioned. It is what an action film supposed to be. Being a superhero isn’t easy in “The Old Guard”, it’s lonely and exhausting, but their immortality somehow push them to seek the purpose and beauty of humanity.
Charlize Theron is no doubt the greatest heroine in the movie history. Despite performing a solid action stunt, she adds her Oscar-level performance. You can easily sense the emotion weight from the character even in those intense action sequences. You will also feel her vulnerability, and then live in her fear. That is what makes her an outstanding actress in our generation.
While hoping we can see more summer blockbusters in this crazy, unpredictable times, “The Old Guard” is the most exciting and refreshing action film so far this year.
- Distributor: Netflix
- Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
- Writer: Greg Rucka
- Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor