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The Old Guard (2020)

The Old Guard (2020)

Imagine if there were a group of immortals roaming the world, who did good deeds without asking for their bidding, who scoured the eons without reason, forged in fire and loss, killing bad guys, sneaking through the shadows into a future all the more clean, yet all the more brutal, all the more greedy; the new villains and big pharma synonymous.

The connection is clear as day, and the names seem as biblical as the backstory - even if the main character seems a disbeliever.

I wonder what the director intended. I wonder what he believed, too.

The actors are great. The beginning feels personal and close, yet professional, with an almost Bond-like atmosphere to it (Casino Royale in particular) as Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts) whisks through the alley.

The Bond impression disappears soon though, with the entrance of Andy (that'd be the gender-neutral name and look for Charlize Theron), as it moves more into the sci-fi and action blend that it is, with good music to accompany the scenes, and a carefully weaved series of events that although sometimes predictable really do hook you in.

I didn't like the first impression you get of Andy, as a not so nice lady at all, but that changes. There's always some attitude, but it's in good faith. Maybe.

What I liked most about this movie though was how it puts time into perspective! Gives you a little sense of urgency. A little reason to live.

The final scenes gave me goosebumps, though maybe it stretched a bit too long after that when it fades away, and it seems like they might have a sequel planned. It was almost too good to be true, almost... but I wouldn't mind seeing more either. Less than a five though that intentional continuation hint/loose end may have led to.

I think I'll make a move right after I finish typing this either way. I'll take a walk, at least. Set things in motion. Who knows what awaits tomorrow.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome


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