Based on the comic of the same name, The Old Guard is an action packed 120 minutes of death, revival focused on the common themes of good versus evil. Written by Greg Rucka (creator of the comic) and beautifully directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (director of the all time classic Love & Basketball; sidebar Quincy really beat Monica and STILL left his fiancé he might be King Toxic)
Charlize Theron stars as Andromache of Scythia, the leader of immortal warriors that fight what they perceive as evil. The real star that steals the show is KiKi Layne who plays Nile Freeman, a US Soldier killed in action only to return to life and find out she is the new member of this immortal warrior squad. We all know Charlize is an exceptional actor, KiKi a relative new comer known for her roles in “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Native Son”, absolutely held her own and even outshined in many moments they shared the screen together. KiKi captures the emotions of someone being awoken to a new reality perfectly as she battles to find where she belongs. I will be looking forward to seeing her alongside Eddie Murphy in the sequel of Coming To America.
Nile Freeman is recruited to join the rest of the team by Andromache (referred to as Andy because who’s gonna believe your name is Andromache in 2020? That’s like meeting a child named Merle; they’re automatically 87 years old) while the others are being hunted by an unknown force of evil. (SPOILER ALERT: It’s a white man that runs a pharmaceutical company; I love when fiction highlights facts) The movie is a decent watch besides the obvious tropes movies adapted from comics often have. If you like action and Black women being heroes you’d be sure to enjoy this film.
7.5 Salutes out of 10
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