THE GUARDIAN (2021) Reviews of Netflix horror movie

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The Guardian is a 2021 horror film about the death of a young pop star which means her backup singer finds herself living a parallel life. But is her success earned, or is it being aided by occult forces?

Directed by Victor Vu from a screenplay co-written with Kay Nguyen. The Vietnamese production stars Truc Anh, Amee, Salim and Samuel An.



“Victor Vu’s film, The Guardian, gives out an important message. It believes that for every artist, the days of obscurity are his/her best teacher, and one should never forget the lessons learned in them.” Digital Mafia Talkies

” …as much as I enjoyed some of the twists, I absolutely loathed the final “message”. Essentially, it seems to be shaming young girls into focusing on school instead of chasing their dreams […] As a horror movie, it did have a few moments that made me jump a little. As a thriller, it was hardly very thrilling.” Heaven of Horror

Thiên Than Ho Menh is an effective horror, revenge-thriller that will keep you guessing. There are not a lot of movies that can effectively juggle the different parts of a movie like this but this one does a really good job at doing what it’s supposed to do – keep you scared and guessing.” Leisure Byte

“It’s too bad the plot was such a trainwreck because The Guardian is beautifully shot and seems to have had a decent budget. If they had delivered a film that matched its description they might have managed to give Netflix another breakout film. Instead, it’s a dull and disgustingly smug and moralistic thriller that lacks thrills or characters you’ll care about.” Voices from the Balcony


In Vietnam, the film was released on April 30th 2021.

The Guardian will be available for streaming on Netflix on December 16th 2021.


Original title:

Thiên Than Ho Menh

Technical details:

124 minutes



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