Sometimes you need a really good action movie. Hot dummies in hand-to-hand combat, some apocalyptic call to action, mind-numbing fight sequences — a bit of kissing. Mostly, when I watch an action movie I have no idea what's going on, and my mind achieves a state of relaxed zen, wherein my only thoughts are things like, duck! and, ouch, and I wonder if I could do that?
Superhero movies sometimes do this for me, but I'm loath to engage in what the Daily Beast's Kevin Fallon calls "the Marvel-DC dick-measuring contest." And so I was a little skeptical when I came to Netflix's The Old Guard, which billed itself as a film about "four undying warriors who've secretly protected humanity for centuries become targeted for their mysterious powers just as they discover a new immortal."