Writing Movie “WRONGS”
By Jim West
The Old Guard
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
Written by Greg Rucka
Good pacing, solid character development, and fierce action make this film testament to how action films should be done. Kudos goes to the writer who is the creator of the comics in handling the characters and giving each of them enough screen time to have the audience care about their outcomes. The director also has done a fantastic job in capturing the action and performances. No scenes were wasted here. With that being said this is a ‘Writing a Movie RIGHT’ review.
Here come the spoilers.
The Old Guard is a wonderful concept of a group of people who find themselves with immortality and fast healing. They work missions in attempts to help others and try to make the world a better place. Their leader, Andy (Andromache of Scythia), played by Charlize Theron is growing weary of the impact they even have on the world. Her team consists of Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts), Joe (Marwan Kenzari), Nicky (Luca Marinelli), and they eventually recruit a new immortal named Nile (KiKi Layne). The film gives us just the right amount of flashbacks to explain their lives and gives us the sense of their grief and sadness due to a life of immortality. This is particularly handled well with the scene between Booker and Niles in a cave. They get sent on a mission by a CIA operative, Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and it is a setup to prove their immortality. He proceeds to capture Andy and her team on behalf of the CEO of a pharmaceutical company named Merrick (Harry Melling). His goal is that if he can decode their DNA he can profit from curing all diseases and possibly giving the human race immortality.
The film handles each characters background very well, and even has a scene between two of the team members who are actually lovers. This is rather very well done, and their scene of which they are captured and in the armored car is the right balance of romantic and endearing for this two characters that you hope and dread that something ad may happen to either one or both. I think a series could be made just focused on these two characters showing their lives throughout history. Andy spends most of the film trying to track down Copley and then try to rescue her team, but she is betrayed by Booker who has grown weary of the immortality and just wants to die. Andy discovers she also has lost her healing ability and the stakes are now raised that she could die. Niles eventually comes to the teams rescue with the help pf Copley who has a change of heart when he realizes that Merrick’s intentions are not good.
The action and pacing is handled very well and quite frankly nothing can be improved from a writing perspective in my opinion. I think the film does a fantastic job in setting up for a sequel as well, and it gives an interesting twist that could bring the team down by one of their own. I think that is superb and kudos to a solid writer in Greg Rucka. I will hope that Netflix will give us a sequel and keep this cast. I for one look forward to what this writer has in store for us next.
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