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The Old Guard Review: 5 Ups & 5 Downs

An intriguing if messy Netflix superhero flick.

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Netflix's quest to bring blockbuster-caliber thrills to their streaming platform continues with the release of The Old Guard, their Charlize Theron-starring adaptation of Greg Rucka's comic book of the same name.

Theron stars as Andy, the leader of an elite group of mercenaries who are actually centuries-old immortals capable of recovering from practically any injury dealt to them. They're superheroes, basically.

As Andy and her squad connect with a young new immortal in their midst, Nile (KiKi Layne), they find themselves fighting for their freedom against a corporation with designs on their abilities.

Like most of the streamer's blockbuster-sized movies to date, The Old Guard is a mixed bag of entertaining performances, enticing action, and underwhelming writing, resulting in a watchable tentpole that's just not quite good enough to be truly memorable.

In these tough times it'll certainly provide adequate popcorn-gobbling comfort, even if a more unique spin on this material surely would've been possible with just a few screenplay tweaks...

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