Movie: The Old Guard

Date released: July 10, 2020.

Duration: 125 minutes

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Writer: Greg Rucka


The Old Guard are a group of mercenaries led by Andy, played by Charlize Theron. They are immortals to an extent; they cannot die unless something changes and they lose this mortality. Andy, the group leader is so old she cannot recall her actual age. She has lived through several centuries and has forgotten more ways to kill than most people will learn in their entire lives. This earns her the leadership position. The narrative begins with them walking into a trap in South Sudan disguised as a hostage situation.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Charlize Theron attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 After Party at The Grosvenor House Hotel on February 02, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Charlize Theron as Andy

Copley, the man who sent them into the ambush, is interested in confirming that the group is truly immortal. Copley shows this footage to Steven Merrick who is the youngest pharmacological CEO. Merrick plans to use the group as test subjects to understand the secret to their immortality. Copley’s reasons for research were out of a genuine need to help people because his wife had died and he felt that nobody else should experience such loss. Merrick’s reasons are for profiteering.

After the failed mission the team discover, via a dream, that another immortal has been created in the form of a soldier in Afghanistan. Nile died from a knife stab to her neck and woke up with no scar to the shock of all the other soldiers in the camp. She too did not know she was an immortal. Andy goes out to seek her while the rest of the team hunts for Copley. When they reconvene at an abandoned church outside Paris, the team members talk to Nile about yet another immortal member; Quynh who was captured centuries ago, placed in an iron coffin and tossed to the sea. She keeps drowning and waking up repeatedly for the last 500 years. Shortly afterwards there is an attack and two of their members are kidnapped. During this fight, Andy realizes that she has lost her immortality. They go to rescue the captured members and Nile backs out. Andy gives her the car and while she goes she realizes that Book has betrayed Andy. She goes back to find that Andy has already been captured and they discovered that she is no longer an immortal. Nile aids in their rescue and kills Merrick at the end. They reconvene and, as punishment, Book is banished for 100 years. The movie ends as a drunk Booker walks into his apartment to meet Quynh.


The film opened to rave reviews and commercial success  number of viewership since its release.  The plot is captivating right from the beginning. The first attack which happens within the ten minutes into the movie brings about a plot twist from what one would have perceived as a normal terror attack movie to a story on immortality. Absolute genius if you ask me, in essence, the movie has the audience at hello. The story line appeals to a wide range of audience, given it features, action, superhero characteristic and a bit of sci-fi. Old guards is a futuristic film, though based historical timelines where characters are centuries old, the technology being experimented on may be a thing in the future.

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Copley

The use of a female team leader who is even stronger than her peers is progressive, passing the sense that the future is female. Though critics may look at this a feminist theme, it makes the story less predictable. Despite its failure to reach the riveting levels of action exhibited by Netflix’s Extraction, which debuted about a week earlier, it still manages awe-inspiring action sequences. The battles between superheroes are generally motivated by the narrative. The fight scenes are executed with ripe execution and finesse. The featuring of queer characters who have been in love with each other for millennia is a timely theme given the movie was released just a few days after the pride month. The openly queer characters who profess their love for each other before a team of soldiers in such a romantic way have captured the hearts of viewers. The movie is worth its hype, create time for it if you haven’t already!


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