The Old Guard: Influences

(Above: Charlize Theron leads an ensemble cast in Netflix’s ‘The Old Guard’)

Looking for something to stream after The Old Guard, Netflix’s hit action-adventure fantasy starring Charlize Theron?

During an online Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Q&A last night, director Gina Prince-Bythewood named “the three most important films I looked at” in preparation for The Old Guard. They were The Raid, Zero Dark Thirty, and — “as an emotional template” — Man on Fire.

Also, for The Old Guard’s pivotal airplane fight scene, Prince-Bythewood cited the bathroom fight in Mission Impossible: Fallout, calling it the “perfect fight scene.”

Here’s where you can stream each of Prince-Bythewood’s influences, none of which are on Netflix.

The Raid (2011)

The Raid. The Old Guard influence
(Source: JustWatch)

This Indonesian film, retitled The Raid: Redemption for its US release, is about a S.W.A.T team forced to fight its way out of a high-rise building run by a drug mobster. As with The Old Guard’s Kiki Layne, a rookie member of the team – played by Indonesian martial artist Iko Uwais – is pivotal to success. You can stream The Raid for $3.99 HD from Amazon, Google Play or other providers.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty, The Old Guard influence
(Source: JustWatch)

Jessica Chastain (above) received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for this Kathryn Bigelow-directed film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden and his eventual death. You can stream Zero Dark Thirty free on IMDb TV or rent it for $3.99 HD from various providers.

Man on Fire (2004) 

Man on Fire, The Old Guard influence
(Source: JustWatch)

Denzel Washington (above) , Christopher Walken and Dakota Fanning star in this film about a former CIA operative on a mission of revenge in Mexico City. You can stream Man on Fire for $3.99 HD from Amazon, Google Play or other providers.

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)

The sixth entry in the Tom Cruise series can be streamed by subscribers to Amazon Prime, Hulu and Epix. Or you could just watch the bathroom fight right here:

For comparison here’s The Old Guard’s airplane fight:


Prince-Bythewood always envisioned The Old Guard’s final short scene, which sets up a possible sequel, to run following the credits (as in Marvel films). “But you can’t do it on Netflix.”

That’s because of Netflix’s Autoplay function, which shrinks the credits, shoves them to a corner of the screen, and starts playing something else before they end. So The Old Guard’s coda ended up running after a simple title card.

Such was not the case with Spike Lee’s recent Netflix film  Da 5 Bloods, which…surprise if you made it to the end of this very long flick…contained a short coda after its credits.

Here’s a YouTube audio read of a humorous Vulture article about this situation:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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