The Old Guard
Disclaimer: If you are not interested in spoilers, please exit the building!
The Old Guard was the entertainment needed for a month of bizarre reactions and behaviors from celebrities and social media. It’s a good thing I detoxed myself from my social media account months ago but even then, you can’t help but catch up via the media so there’s that…
But back to the subject.
The Old Guard was released on Netflix July 10th and we all pounced on it like no man’s business. I left feeling refreshed and grumpy on some stereotypical quacks. I will be sharing a quick story summary and my thoughts on it.
The Old Guard is centered around 4 immortals, Andy, Booker, Joe, and Nicky. These 4 immortals have lived and fought several wars over several centuries. Although they are tired of the never ending journey, they continue to find ways to do what’s right as needed.
The story starts in Morocco. Andy reunites with Booker, Joe, and Nicky. They inform Andy of an assignment in Sudan, of which Andy is hesitant because the rule is to never do a repeat, indicating they may have had a prior mission once upon a time in Sudan. After successfully convincing Andy, they set off to meet with an FBI agent.
We are introduced to an FBI Agent called Agent Copley. Agent Copley provides them an assignment that involves rescuing kidnapped kids in Sudan. However, it turns out to be a setup in order to capture their death and resurrection on camera as proof to a private company called Merrick; who are bent on creating the immortal vaccine or medicine for the human race. Once all 4 immortals discover they were set up, the new mission was to get rid of the problem which is Copley and then go back in hiding.
In Afghanistan, a marine named Nile Freeman is on a mission with her fellow marines to find a man/terrorist. They find him and he is fatally wounded by Nile but also fatally stabs Nile in the neck before dying. Nile bleeds to death in the arms of her best friend/colleague. She has strange dreams and visions of the other 4 immortals and finds herself awake, wound disappeared, she’s now immortal. This freaks the other marines out and they intend on sending her to Germany for more tests. At the same time, the supposed best buddies also managed to distance themselves, making her fully aware of her being a freak of nature.
The four (my nickname for them), while on a train to their mission, also have visions of Nile. Andy sets out to rescue her and plans to meet up with the other 3 in France. Andy successfully rescues Nile but not without a stubborn fight from Nile. Andy constantly tries to explain and literally shows Nile her new immortal powers by breaking her bones in combat and they both watch it heal….it was pretty cool.
Eventually they meet up in France, Nile has another vision of a trapped lady in the ocean which turns out to be the original 2nd immortal called Quynh, who fought and won several combats with Andy. Quynh and Andy promised to look out for each other and always saved each other no matter what but the promise got broken in a century when they both were found guilty of being witches. Quynh was locked in an iron cage and cast away by being dumped in the bottom of the ocean...apparently, she’s been lost in the ocean for over 500 years and Andy searched endlessly for her but eventually gave up and she’s been carrying the guilt with her ever since.
Later that night, Nile and Andy are conversing outside when they get raided by Agent Copley, as an attempt to capture them for experimentation at Merrick’s lab . Joe and Nicky are captured and Booker badly wounded. Andy sets out to battle all the soldiers and does so successfully. Booker heals up and heads to the vehicle, along with Nile to escape with Andy.
Things go south as Andy realizes she no longer heals and she’s now mortal, Booker betrays Andy, and Nile initially refuses to be a part of this new world as she believes she still has time to spend with family before things get suspicious but later changes her mind and joins the defeat of Merrick. Booker is eventually banished for 100 years for his betrayal, The new 4 (Andy, Joe, Nicky, and Nile) makes a deal with Copley to basically be the new eraser of their evidence, to erase their connection to Merrick, and perhaps, provide clean battles for them. 6 months later, Booker stumbles drunkenly into his apartment, living his banished life, as he encounters Quynh waiting inside for him, a beautiful grin on her face with eyes full of fire, as she expresses her curiosity about him.
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and don’t think the trailer did enough justice to it. Quite frankly, I didn’t have a lot of expectations walking in but walked out with a big grin and a friendly reminder that I needed to get my workout game back on tracks.
Charlize Theron didn’t disappoint, from acting to fighting, she was phenomenal and her body looked like she definitely put in the work to achieve such confident moves as she took down every bad guy that came her way. I LOVED the diverse cast and sexual orientation. This was a solid 2 hour and 5 minutes watch that I don’t regret.
Now, let’s talk about my little issues with the movie.
Nicky and Joe. Oh man, these two were refreshing and their love was extraordinary. In terms of action, they were introduced as true soldiers; swift, focused, and ready for action at any time. Their moves came naturally and their strength extraordinary. When the first death occurred due to the ambush, they rose with the others with even more energy than when they went down. I loved it and looked forward to the rest of the battle, so you can imagine my disappointment when they managed to do the stereotypical bullshit they tend to do with gay characters in movies. What am I talking about?
Well, all that descriptions mentioned was before both characters displayed affections to the new character Nile. Whether it was intentionally or unintentionally done by the director, after they fully established they were lovers, they magically became the weak characters in the movie. They were both successfully captured in their hiding spot in France while Booker was left behind wounded. When in the truck to Merrick, they were able to beat up the army but then magically let themselves get recaptured and tied down to become lab rats. Even while being tested, Nicky informs the doctor that this has been done or rather heard many times before so this isn’t a first but just a first to be easily captured?
When Nile shows up and everyone gets rescued, It becomes a “are you alright?” in the middle of battle situation as compared to the two characters that were so swift and focused in battle, in the beginning of the movie. But the most annoying and comical part was when an explosion happened in the middle of battle. Booker, a very injured/mortal Andy, and Nile run off telling both Nicky and Joe to follow up. The two are shown struggling to get up, a mortal soldier then walks in to attack and I am not kidding, they both take turns in trying to standup by attempting to struggle craw their way up with the support of the soldier pants?! The soldier kicks Nicky and he falls back, too weak to stand. Joe does the same thing and gets his beating, and then the soldier goes to Nicky and Nicky disoriented, keeps swinging his hands lazily as a failed struggle in the air, as the soldier beats him again and blows his brain out. Booker screams Noooo or something and gets his ass beat and the soldier leaves…