Dir: Gina Prince-Bythewood; Starring: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling. 15 cert, 125 mins
“I intend to live forever, or die trying,” Groucho Marx supposedly once said. That’s more or less the guiding philosophy of The Old Guard, the seemingly indestructible squad of mercenaries battling their way down the epochs in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s sleekly enjoyable new film.
“So are you good guys or bad guys?” asks Nile (KiKi Layne), a US Marine and the team’s newest reluctant recruit. “Depends on the century,” shrugs Joe (Marwan Kenzari), who joined the gang during the Crusades. The Old Guard’s members don’t have much in common, but they all share an ultra-rare genetic mutation which confers immortality of a sort. For one thing, it means they don’t age. For another, it makes them