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'Guns Akimbo' Review


Guns Akimbo is a 2019 New Zealand action comedy film written and directed by Jason Lei Howden. It stars Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving.

Miles is a video game developer who inadvertently becomes the next participant in a real-life death match that streams online. While Miles soon excels at running away from everything, that won't help him outlast Nix, a killer at the top of her game.


Guns Akimbo was a weird, high octane, frantic punk film that I had a really good time with. Within all of it's craziness there was a really fun film. Were there problems? Absolutely, but this is a film I think anyone can enjoy.

The film was high paced and the comedy was well placed. Even if the film didn't hit every minute, I was still really entertained. A lot of that goes to the tone and acting. The film never took itself too seriously and that really helped when kind of stupid things happened. There was a lot of stupid things in this film and they do start to pile up especially when the film tries to have an actual story. They establish certain things only to forget them for plot convince, and even the story itself didn't make a ton of sense.

The basic plot is that this guy gets sucked into this online game where two people have to kill each other, and he has guns stuck to his hand. It really reminded me of Nerve which came out in 2016. That's a kind of forgotten film that I liked. I went back and watched it and think both films have the same problem. You don't have a focus for an hour only to then focus on something for the last 30 minutes. Things start to crumble around the film. I thought Nerve handled it a little better due to characterization, but I thought both checked all the boxes for problems with this genre. I don't like comparing films and I'm not comparing these two, but I noticed the big problem with this genre.

The third act struggled. The film forced itself to end in a undeserving way. This is the Ares of Wonder Woman. That one big moment that stood out as being bad. The third act is the black mark of this film and it unfortunately does drag the film down. But props to the film because it was good enough before that for me to happily continue to watch it.

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The best part of this film was definitely the acting. Daniel Radcliffe is awesome and great in comedic roles. He did fantastic as always. Samara Weaving was also fantastic. She is challenging Emily Blunt for the most reliable actress, because she continues to give great performances in everything she's in.

Overall this film felt like taking a road trip where the driver was high and just floored it for an hour while everyone else rocked out only for him to then randomly slam on breaks. It's fun and chaotic, but unfortunately the third act does bring the film down. Overall flawed but very fun.

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