The Old Guard (2020)

The Old Guard
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Writer: Greg Rucka
Based on: his and Leandro Fernandez’ comic
Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, Veronica Ngo
Seen on: 4.10.2020

Andy (Charlize Theron), Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts), Joe (Marwan Kenzari) and Nicky (Luca Marinelli) are mercenaries always lloking for a good cause they can lend their considerable skills to. But they also have a rule of not working for the same people twice – a rule they ignore working for Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to rescue children in Sudan. Turns out that this is a set-up and they are killed. Which wouldn’t be such a big deal because they are immortal, but their regeneration was filmed and they have to go on the run. It is just at this unfortunate moment that a new immortal awakens – Nile (KiKi Layne). So not only do the four of them have to track Nile down and integrate her in their group, they also have to figure out what Copley wants from them.

The Old Guard is not bad and it certainly is a fun watch, but I have to admit that I did expect a little more from it. Not much more, but my heart just wasn’t in it all the way.

The film poster showing Andy (Charlize Theron) and the other immortals, as well as Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as smaller images grouped around her.
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Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot [They Call Me Jeeg] (2015)

Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot
Director: Gabriele Mainetti
Writer: Nicola GuaglianoneMenotti
Cast: Claudio SantamariaLuca MarinelliIlenia PastorelliStefano AmbrogiMaurizio TeseiFrancesco Formichetti
Part of: /slash Filmfestival (Secret Society Screening)
Seen on: 2.10.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Enzo (Claudio Santamaria) is a small time crook who works for Zingaro (Luca Marinelli). One night he has to run from the police and his only chance to escape is a jump into the heavily polluted Tiber river. It works and Enzo heads home. When he wakes up the next day, everything is different: Enzo now has superpowers and with them the chance to start fresh. Or at least to become a more competent robber. But superpowers won’t go unnoticed, neither by Zingaro nor by Enzo’s neighbor Ale (Ilenia Pastorelli).

Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot takes on USAmerican comic and superhero lore, mixes in a bit of manga and transplants them to Italy – an idea I generally liked. Unfortunately they took every single problematic trope with them in the process, leaving me less than impressed with the result.


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