The Old Guard, The: Femme-Driven Action Thriller, Starring the Indefatigable Charlize Theron and Rising Actress Kiki Layne


Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne in ‘The Old Guard’
Charlize Theron, who has become the iconic actress of her generation, capably heads a team of immortal mercenaries in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s action thriller based on the graphic novel series, and released by Netflix.

The Old Guard represents a step in the right direction for the gifted Gina Prince-Bythewood after making some more intimate features, such ae Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights.

The Netflix’s feature is at once an accomplished superhero actioner and a femme-themed feature that pays more greater attention to characterization, realistic context, and emotional involvement  than is the norm for such movies.

Yes, they can: As directed by an intelligent woman of color, The Old Guard represents a balanced blend of character-driven drama and visceral action, and as such should appeal to mainstream viewers.


Production: Skydance, Denver & Delilah Films, Marc Evans Production
Distributor: Netflix
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Screenwriter: Greg Rucka, based on the graphic novel series by Rucka, illustrated by Leandro Fernández
Producers: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono, Marc Evans
Executive producers: Stan Wlodkowski, Greg Rucka
Directors of photography: Tami Reiker, Barry Ackroyd
Production designer: Paul Kirby
Costume designer: Mary Vogt
Music: Volker Bertelmann, Dustin O’Halloran
Editor: Terilyn A. Shropshire
Sound designers: Glenn Freemantle, Ben Barker
Visual effects supervisor: Sara Bennett
Casting: Lucy Bevan, Aisha Coley


Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anamaria Marinca, Joey Ansah

Rated R

Running time: 118 minutes