The Old Guard is a 2020 American superhero film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Greg Rucka...
The Old Guard is a 2020 American superhero film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Greg Rucka, based on his comic book of the same name. The film stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and follows a team of immortal mercenaries on a revenge mission.
Andromache "Andy" of Scythia, Booker, Joe, and Nicky are centuries old warriors with regenerative healing abilities who use their vast experience to help people. Former CIA operative Copley hires them to rescue a group of kidnapped children in South Sudan. However, they are ambushed by a squad of highly trained mercenaries. After healing their wounds and killing their attackers, they realize that Copley set them up.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Nile Freeman has her throat slit while taking down a military target, only to recover without a scratch. Soon after, she shares a disturbing dream with the other immortals, who are then alerted to her existence. Andy tracks down and rescues Freeman before military personnel can abduct her for testing.
Copley shows the video of the ambush to pharmaceutical executive Steven Merrick, who sends operatives to capture the team. Andy brings Nile to France, where Nile meets the rest of their team. She is told about Quynh, the first of Andy's comrades, who was cast into the sea in an iron maiden, and had been continually drowning ever since. The group also reveals that they are not truly immortal: their ability to heal eventually stops, which happened to a previous immortal, Lykon.
The Old Guard was released on July 10, 2020, on Netflix. It received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the action sequences and Theron's performance.