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Guns Akimbo

Opening Date
19 Mar 2020
M18 Violence and Coarse Language
95 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Action, Comedy
Jason Lei Howden
Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Ned Dennehy, Grant Bowler, Edwin Wright, Rhys Darby
At a time when millions of people around the world are streaming e-sports content every day, it's not hard to imagine a possible future with the blood-sport insanity of Jason Lei Howden's Guns Akimbo. Videogame developer Miles (Daniel Radcliffe) is a little too fond of stirring things up on the internet with his caustic, prodding, and antagonistic comments. One night, he makes the mistake of drunkenly dropping an inflammatory barb on a broadcast of Skizm, an illegal death- match fight club streamed live to the public. In response, Riktor (Ned Dennehy), the maniacal mastermind behind the channel, decides to force Miles' hand (or hands, as it were) and have him join the "fun." Miles wakes to find heavy pistols bolted into his bones, and learns Nix (Samara Weaving), the trigger-happy star of Skizm, is his first opponent. She's at his front door. Gleefully echoing elements of Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the Purge franchise, and videogames like Smash TV and Mortal Kombat, Guns Akimbo is hilariously dark, viciously violent, and chillingly prescient. Howden foretells of a future that may soon await us: drone- captured live feeds, UFC-like competitions pushed to an extreme and online streaming platforms used for gladiatorial entertainment all around the world. As Miles navigates the underworld of Skizm, the stakes — and the ratings — have never been higher.
By Chen Shun  11 Mar 2020
It’s a gore-soaked sci-fi/action black comedy about a shy gamer who learns to stop worrying and take control of his own life.
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In Guns Akimbo, Daniel Radcliffe plays Miles, a coding drone who spends his days glued to various devices. One night, he gets into a spat on a site for Skizm, an underground fight club that selects random oddballs and criminals and pairs them against each other in death bouts. Although there is a system of scoring points, violence and death are real.

Skizm’s boss (Ned Dennehy) and his thugs, offended by Miles’s online commentary, slams through his door and bolt guns to his hands, turning him into a participant. The surgically attached guns prove to be a hassle (other than shooting). Mile’s opponent, Nic (Samara Weaving), is one of the top scorers in Skizm. Will our geeky main character Miles manage to win the bout against Nix and live?

Guns Akimbo is bathed in rich neon that’s a feast for the eyes, like some lurid comic book brought to life, while the soundtrack is filled with pop and punk classics that underscore the action in a predictable, but suitably stirring fashion.

Guns Akimbo is a rollercoaster of a movie from the start till the end. The influence of video games is clear and taking it to the next level, players actually die if they lose. Writer-director Jason Lei Howden does try to sneak social commentary into proceedings, with the film satirising reality TV and attacking the poison of online comments. Overall, the film is great if you are finding something mindless to laugh about, and if you can get over the initial gore.
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