The Old Guard: Netflix Makes An Action Director Out Of Gina Prince-Bythewood
Netflix is well on its way to creating a legacy of its own. Recently, the platform released, The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron as Andy, the leader of an immortal squad. Based on the comic book by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, the movie is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.
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The immortals are (mostly) immune to physical injuries, but not emotional ones. The Old Guard is about Andy trying to find a purpose. The action in the movie is done well. Between the action scenes, the movie pauses to inject moments of quiet emotion, through flashbacks. When The Old Guard — made up of a bunch of international actors of equal beauty — finds a young woman who displays traits of being an immortal herself. But she has a question: Does she have a choice in the matter? As it turns out, she doesn’t. But they let young Nile Freeman (KiKi Layne) come to terms with it in her own time.
Theron delivers a dependably strong performance, effortlessly moving from cold-hearted killer to motherly mentor. With The Old Guard, Prince-Bythewood is taking a lead of her own as an action director.