Guns Akimbo

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Frenetic to a fault, Guns Akimbo may leave some viewers reaching for the killswitch -- but for others, its videogame-style violence will have plenty of replay value.

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Miles' (Daniel Radcliffe) nerdy existence as a video game developer takes a dramatic turn when he inadvertently gets caught up as the next contestant with SKIZM, an underground gang live-streaming real-life death matches. While Miles excels at running away from everything, that won't help him outlast Nix (Samara Weaving), a killer at the top of her game.

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Critic Reviews for Guns Akimbo

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (30)

  • Howden's film gives itself a good three minutes to play the amateur satirist before it abandons any pretense of cultural commentary and instead embraces every cliché it repeatedly insists it is undermining.

    April 30, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] brash, crass, often mind-numbing ride.

    February 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A satire of overamped gamer culture that is itself too overamped to be much fun...

    February 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Kind of fun if you don't expect more from it than a bratty, gore-soaked sci-fi/action black comedy about a shy gamer who learns to stop worrying and accept that he's part of an online community full of desensitized players and bloodthirsty trolls.

    February 19, 2020 | Full Review…

    Simon Abrams

    TheWrap
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  • A spectacularly fun and exciting time whenever the needle drops and Weaving owns her badass, gun-wielding image.

    September 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Anyone with an attention span above ADD levels... is likely to find this undeniably slick, energetic contraption plays somewhere between grating and numbing.

    September 14, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Guns Akimbo

  • Jun 26, 2020
    A snarky online troll/gamer finds himself trapped into playing a game in the real world wherein he could really get killed. In a film as fast-moving as a lot of action games and a reflection on the disconnectedness of the modern-day internet world, the heightened sense of reality could prove daunting to most viewers, with everything turned up to eleven in any given scene if at all possible but, by and large, this film proves typical at best. Most interesting simply to watch the Harry Potter star struggle to escape his continued typecasting. Samara Weaving as well works to break from the pack.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2020
    I've made no secret about my opinions on Samara Weaving, but I was more than willing to give Guns Akimbo a chance anyway. I wouldn't say I regret that decision, but I was underwhelmed. I'm going to use a term here that I have not used unironically in... God, maybe, genuinely, over a decade, because I don't know how else to describe Guns Akimbo: Guns Akimbo is fuckin' tryhard. It's so desperately ~~edgy~~, in a way that tries to emulate works I do love, but goes too far too clumsily. I didn't hate it, at all, but I was very aware what this movie was trying to be, where a better film might have kept me to entertained to notice.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2020
    I don't understand why this movie was made. It's a grotesque orgy of excess, depravity, and hyperactivity crying out for a heavy dose of Ritalin. I guess it's made well if that's what you're looking for or coming down from an intense, teenage sugar high. Otherwise, it's just insane.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 29, 2020
    From The F Word to Swiss Army Man, Daniel Radcliffe has really been stretching himself in terms of acting since his Harry Potter days. I thoroughly enjoy it when an actor using their talent to explore, rather than milk their fame. Personally, I find it very admirable that Radcliffe isn't just looking for the next blockbuster to be a part of. I'm sure if one ever presents itself to him he'll take it, but if Guns Akimbo is any indication of his future, it may be a little hit or miss. Although there are many things to like about this movie, here's why it might not be worth your time, especially if you don't like strange concepts. Guns Akimbo follows Miles, an internet troll who is hunted down by an organization/game called Skizm. Knocked out, they perform some work on his hands and he wakes up with both of them bolted to guns. Not being able to remove them or even get himself dressed for that matter, he finds himself on the run for his life. This concept seemed very fun to me and the film itself definitely has a lot of fun elements, but it's a little too stylized and frenetic to really latch onto. What kept this film so enjoyable, however, was a very committed performance by Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe puts himself into the shoes of a loner who has nothing better to do than making fun of people on the internet. His transformation that has him changing as a person emotionally, while becoming a crazy action hero physically was a blast to watch. That said, Ned Dennehy as Riktor, the core villain behind this organization, was way too over-the-top to really feel any sense of fear towards him. By the time the climax of this film arrives, I felt no sympathy for him or even a sense of why he was doing any of this. The third act is also a little too action-heavy in comparison with the rest of the movie. Written and directed by Jason Lei Howden, it's very clear that he wanted this movie to feel unique and stand out. Having worked as a visual effects artist on films like The Avengers, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and War for the Planet of the Apes, his effects work seemed to be flowing through his mind while he was directing. Even down to the editing, this movie moves a little too fast and characters are in many locations far too often. He has worked on many more movies than what I listed, but I chose to mention Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, not to compare the quality of the movies, but how crazy it is as a film itself. When Radcliffe is up and moving, the movie is moving twice as fast as he is, which just felt incredibly jarring. In the end, Guns Akimbo has a pretty cool premise and some very well-done action scenes, along with a likeable performance by Radcliffe from beginning to end. I would say I liked this movie much more than I disliked it, but the frenetic energy just threw me out of the movie on multiple occasions. Still, I commend them for sticking to that and not swaying in and out of it throughout the entire duration. It was consistent, which was impressive, even if it was slightly annoying to me. I had a good time watching Guns Akimbo, but it's not for everyone and I probably won't choose to revisit it anytime soon.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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