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THE OLD GUARD TBC

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After 6 Underground and Extraction, Netflix could really use a knockout actioner. Sadly, The Old Guard isn’t it. Even an axe-wielding Charlize Theron struggles to wallop much life – endless or otherwise – into Gina Prince-Bythewood’s comic-book riff, a derivative fantasy-actioner so laggy it puts you right off immortality.

Her sharp-parted black hair stirring memories of an earlier genre misfire, Theron plays weary a little too well as Andromache of Scythia, aka Andy, millennia-old leader of an immortal (mostly…) black-ops posse. Yes, it’s (living for) A set-up

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