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Review: An immortal Charlize Theron walks tall and carries a sweet ax in Netflix’s run-of-the-mill ‘The Old Guard’

  • July 03, 2020

Saving the day seems like a decent gig. After several centuries, like anything you keep doing over and over, it could get old.

“I’m just so tired of it,” says an exasperated Charlize Theron, playing the immortal Andromache the Scythian (aka Andy), in the Netflix action movie “The Old Guard” (★★1/2 out of four; rated R; streaming July 10). In director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s film, Andy – a warrior doing her thing for more than a millennia – heads up a squad of near-unkillable mercenaries who discover another one of their own. But “Old Guard” feels fresher as a high-minded treatise on mortality and loss than a superhero-y franchise-starter.

Andy and her mercenary crew – Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts), Joe (Marwan Kenzari) and Nicky (Luca Marinelli) reunite after some time apart, with their leader wondering about their place in the grand scheme of things. “We’ve done nothing. The world isn’t getting any better, it’s getting worse,” a listless Andy contends. Still, when an ex-CIA operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) wants to hire them to foil child abductions in South Sudan, they get on a chopper for the rescue.

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Marwan Kenzari (left), Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlize Theron, Luca Marinelli and KiKi Layne are hard-to-kill mercenaries in the Netflix action film The Old Guard.

Unfortunately, it’s a trap, the secret of their immortality is unearthed, and they come on the radar of a pharmaceutical CEO (Harry Melling, best known as oafish Dudley Dursley in the “Harry Potter” films) with machinations of using their DNA to add years to people’s lifespans – though he’s really more interested in adding to his profit margins.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, Nile Freeman (KiKi Layne) is a young Marine who gets her throat sliced open while hunting a terrorist and everyone in her unit, including Nile, is a little freaked out when the fatal wound heals itself. She has visions of the ancient operatives, and they of her, and Andy seeks her out to explain the positives and negatives of her new everlasting status quo.

Written by Greg Rucka (who adapts his own comic-book series), “The Old Guard” is best when diving into its own mythology – seeing Theron riding a horse in old-school battle armor is pretty neat – and digging into what it really means to be immortal, including constant physical pain over eons of battles and the loneliness of losing everyone you’ve ever loved.

Nile (KiKi Layne, left) and Andy (Charlize Theron) throw down in The Old Guard.

That hits harder than the fight scenes, which lean toward standard fare (other than the occasional bullet popping out of a character’s head during the super-duper healing process). When it comes to two-fisted fury, Theron’s seen better action in “Atomic Blonde” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” though she does carry a sweet ax. “The Old Guard” notably takes into account its operatives’ journey through time with weaponry spanning swords and machine guns.

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