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Guns Akimbo (2019)

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A guy relies on his newly-acquired gladiator skills to save his ex-girlfriend from kidnappers.

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Credited cast:
Samara Weaving ... Nix
Daniel Radcliffe ... Miles
Mark Rowley ... Dane
Rhys Darby ... Glenjamin
Ned Dennehy ... Riktor
Natasha Liu Bordizzo ... Nova
Grant Bowler ... Degraves
Hanako Footman ... Ruby
Mattias Inwood ... Skizm Goon
Milo Cawthorne ... Hadley
Colin Moy ... Clive
Byron Coll ... Skizm Goon
Edwin Wright ... Stanton
Set Sjöstrand ... Fuckface
Jacqueline Lee Geurts ... Irene Degraves
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Miles is stuck in a dead-end job, still in love with his ex-girlfriend Nova. Unbeknownst to him, a gang called Skizm is running a deadly competition within his city in which complete strangers fight to the death for the entertainment of an online audience of millions. Miles soon finds himself caught up in the game and forced to fight in a battle to the death. Initially, Miles' lifetime of running from his problems pays off as he manages to elude his first opponent but when Nova is kidnapped, he must finally stop running and overcome his fears to fight for the girl he loves.

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Samara Weaving has a tattoo of the Deathly Hallows symbol from the Harry Potter movies, which gave Daniel Radcliffe his big break. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after Nix has two fingers cut off her right hand there is a close up of her hand holding a hammer aloft with all her fingers intact. See more »

Quotes

Miles: Behind the keyboard I'm the ultimate troll hunter. I know I should just let it go, but I just couldn't resist. Yeah, get angry at me. Let's do this.
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut by approx. 1 minute to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

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Features Hard Target (1993) See more »

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Real Wild Child
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Great ideas wasted by undercooked story
29 February 2020 | by Aaron_KyleSee all my reviews

Guns Akimbo can best be described as a film that had ingredients for a cult classic but its lack of adequate direction and pacing hold it back from reaching its full potential. This film is a bit too full of itself to capture a wide audience because of its overbearing gamer culture references which easily could have been dumbed-down or removed completely. Another big problem of Guns Akimbo is the borderline amateurish dialogue which made almost every exchange between any character seem either unintentionally funny or uncomfortably dull.

It goes without saying that Guns Akimbo is not a horrible movie as it does have its moments featuring charismatic performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving, some gory violence and a simple enough plot, making it at a fun ride throughout. It doesn't particularly deliver on anything; there are some mid-budget shootouts and chase scenes which are fun as can be expected but nothing that you haven't seen already. This project just should have spent more time in the furnace and been decorated with more colourful toppings.

In all of its splattery glory, Guns Akimbo is very fun to watch if you can get behind the pacing, the needless gaming references and its self-assertive plot.

Final Rating - 4/10


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28 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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