Today’s Prayer Focus

The Old Guard

also known as “A halhatatlan gárda,” “A Velha Guarda,” “La vieja guardia,” “The Old Guard: Những Chiến Binh Bất Tử,” “Η Παλιά Φρουρά,” “Бессмертная гвардия”
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for sequences of graphic violence, and language.
not reviewed
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Sci-Fi Action Fantasy
Length:
2 hr. 5 min.
Year of Release:
2020
USA Release:
July 10, 2020 (Netflix)
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Relevant Issues

What is DEATH? and WHY does it exist? Answer in the Bible

Secret centuries-old warriors with regenerative healing abilities

World-weariness

Immortality

What is true ETERNAL LIFE? Answer

What is the FINAL JUDGMENT? and WHAT do you need to know about it? Answer

What is ETERNAL DEATH? Answer

The lead character tells Nile that God does not exist.

How can we know there’s a God? Answer

What if the cosmos is all that there is? Answer

If God made everything, who made God? Answer

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

Is Jesus Christ the answer to your questions?
Discover the good news that Jesus Christ offers

FILM VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer

Torture

Betrayal

Revenge


GAY—What’s wrong with being Gay? AnswerHomosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born Gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?

What about Gays needs to change? AnswerIt may not be what you think.

Read stories about those who have struggled with homosexuality

Sexual bondage

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Featuring: Charlize TheronAndromache of Scythia / Andy
KiKi LayneNile
Matthias SchoenaertsBooker
Marwan KenzariJoe
Luca MarinelliNicky
Chiwetel EjioforCopley
Harry MellingMerrick
Van Veronica NgoQuynh
Natacha KaramDizzy
Mette TowleyJordan
Anamaria MarincaDr. Meta Kozak
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Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Producer: Denver and Delilah Productions
Dune Films [Morocco]
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Netflix

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Forever is harder than it looks. Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (Kiki Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary.

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE AND BASKETBALL, BEYOND THE LIGHTS), THE OLD GUARD is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks.”

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This film is based on a 5-part graphic novel from Image Comics, written by Greg Rucka, art by Leandro Fernández.

  • Violence: Very Heavy— • Many graphic and bloody wounds
  • Profane language: • J*sus (3) • G*d-d*mn (2) • G*d (3) • h*ll (4) • d*mn
  • Vulgar/Crude language: • f-words (several) • motherf***er (3) • s-words (19+) • a**hole (2) • a** • b*tch • son of a b*tch • “Humanity can screw itself” • p*ssed
  • Nudity: • Statue of bare-breasted female
  • Sex: • 2 Gay men kiss • Brief sexual dialog
  • Alcohol and Drug Use: Yes
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Secular Movie Critics
The Old Guard is breathtaking… filled with such human moments, both frivolous and profound — quiet reveries, declarations of love, dreams about eternity, regrets over families and loves left behind and lost forever — and in the balance of the film, they hold equal weight with the action scenes, because ultimately everything feels connected. …
Bilge Ebiri, Vulture (New York Magazine)
…There’s good fight choreography and the sheen of a generally-polished action/espionage/travelogue about it. But the movie? A great big fat meh… The entire affair plays as pro-forma, pre-ordained, pre-digested and pre-dictable…
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…features a revolutionary gay plot line… It’s definitely a rarity to see this kind of thing between two men especially, even without the aforementioned huge declaration of love and the passionate, defiant kiss. …
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
…wooden script… “The Old Guard” is assured and textureless: competence doing the work of inspiration. The movie is like an extended trailer for itself. … [2]
Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe
…brings a level of thoughtfulness and nuance to material that’s usually just an excuse for onscreen bloodshed. …
Matt Singer, Screen Crush
…An astutely balanced blend of involving drama and visceral action…
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
…The adjective in the title is right. It gets old pretty quickly. …won't live long in the memory… Not even Charlize Theron can save an action movie crying out for a comic touch to match the silliness of its premise… [2/5]
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)
…the potential for historical hijinks squandered between modern-day black-ops clichés… Netflix could use a knockout actioner. Sadly, The Old Guard isn’t it. Even an axe-swinging 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. … [2/5]
Kevin Harley, Games Radar+
…The disposability of the people who stand in the way of the mercenaries feels at odds with the film’s core ideas about the value of life. …
Marshall Shaffer, The Playlist