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4/10
Great ideas wasted by undercooked story
Aaron_Kyle29 February 2020
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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7/10
Over the top, ridiculous, and entertaining
umimelectric1 March 2020
This is the kind of film you have to just put your mind on autopilot for and enjoy. The action and shootout scenes are very well done, with some sharp direction and editing. The story is a little too absurd and not based in reality whatsoever, but that's the point. It reminds me a bit of the movie Shoot 'Em Up, which was another tongue-in-cheek gun extravaganza, but fortunately Guns Akimbo is a lot funnier and more stylish, making it a pretty cool watch if you're not looking for anything mind-expanding.
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7/10
When the s**t goes down, you better be ready.
PanacheJosh3 March 2020
People complaining about plot and and style clearly don't understand that there are different genres of movies. Obviously this isn't an Oscar contender but it's a great ride. Daniel Radcliffe continues to show his range as an actor by taking on roles that most A-listers wouldn't go near. His success as the boy who lived has given him the freedom to chose the roles he wants and to actually have fun making movies. Something that is very refreshing to see. Samara Weaving is brilliant and it's a joy to see her as the character Nix. She's gonna be huge in the next few years.

If you enjoy action movies, with outrageous violence, well choreographed fight scenes and over the top characters then you'll enjoy this film. It moves fast and doesn't take itself too serious. It's an easy watch, and slightly predictable. Although that's what you sign up for, and the movie makes you well aware of that.
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7/10
Might become a Cult Classic
sahil-masrur78629 February 2020
This is film is in line with Deadpool, Kingsman, Kick-Ass. Plenty of gore, absolutely crazy and funny. The action scenes are well done (keeping in mind the budget is minimum). Daniel Radcliffe is likeable lead, Samara is becoming one of the reliable upcoming star. Do watch if you're a fan of those aforementioned films.
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3/10
A three for the trouble
contact-19621-5193329 February 2020
Really. This film is a editing nightmare. Maybe mindless but not even fun. Dialogue is one-liners and not funny. They are all trying but is is just one big mess
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8/10
Firing in all directions
boyar-jedi17 February 2020
Daniel Radcliffe is no longer just the guy who starred in Harry Potter. To prove that he is a real actor and not a creature of one character, Radcliffe has continued to risk it all in a wide variety of his artistic experiments. He is ready to appear naked on stage in a potentially perilous performance, he then went with a movie crew to film in an actual jungle and he now plays in a movie where the plot goes non-stop and there can be no respite from action at all.

The main character of the movie is an unfortunate reclusive video game developer who never parts with a cup of coffee and tends to spend his weekends at home wearing a dirty robe. However, one day, everything changes when Miles is pulled out and forced to become a member of a dangerous game called "SKIZM". The purpose of the event seems simple, but that is a dangerous misconception. Homicidal lunatics are running the streets and firing at each other. Viewers pay money to watch this event, its sadistic organizers are pleased by its chaos. It is only the participants who can never feel safe.

This is really crazy but a totally enthralling experience. The movie is really interesting and holds viewers in complete suspense. You just sit and keep an eye on Radcliffe, who had transformed for this role and does not even look like himself. His hero, Miles, is a typical nonstarter, but at the same time he has the kind of luck most people can only dream of in real life. All this may be fantastic, but it is fun and smashing from beginning to end.

The verdict: You have to go and watch this movie; because it is not often that you will feel this much adrenaline! I definitely want to view Guns Akimbo one more time!
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1/10
bad movie
yotamar1215 March 2020
Warning: Spoilers
It was more then enough for me after an hour of watching. poor movie, if you want to kill time with gaining no value at all, watch this. if you hate someone, tie him to a chair and put this on the tv in front of him. one star for the naked sexy guy in the bathroom.
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2/10
Don't get fooled.
filipsalapa2 March 2020
This is not Upgrade. This is not Crank.

This is garbage.

I went into watching this with an open mind, wanting to get a bit of laughs and thrills, given the fact that this sort of movie type has been done before, I was hoping for this to be sort of good. But boy was I wrong!

This film does not have a clue what it wants to be.. be it comedy, action, drama, quasi-comic adaptation. It's none of the above. It's boring, repetitive, badly acted, the CGI is laughable and the action scenes pull you out of the movie.

Please, don't watch this. It is NOT good. It's not even "sso bad it's good" bad.

It's just a waste of time.
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3/10
Tragically unfunny......
s327616929 February 2020
Its really a quest these days to find anything worth watching. Trashy, cyber punk, anime mash up mess "Guns Akimbo", underlines this point.

It tries far, far too hard. Its characterisations are encrusted with unfunny cliches, as is its all too predictable story line. The inclination to lecture whilst offering scraps of entertainment is ever present too. This time its the evils of the internet, which seems to be populated by hordes of trolls, perverts and pyscho killers. "Yawn".

Seriously uninspiring. 3/10.
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1/10
A cheap, boring, tame version of the Crank movie
A_Deer2 March 2020
Its one of those high octane thrill ride type of films but it feels like it was made by high schoolers, for high schoolers

The way the film is marketed it made me think of Crank. The Co-Director of Crank said regarding a potential third film: "The one thing that I won't do is sort of like a cheap, boring, tame version of the Crank movie," Taylor proclaimed.

Which is exactly what this is, this film is so poorly writen, It proposes a world somewhat like ours and a protagonist thrown into a situation he is way out of his depth in, but unfortunately he's an idiot.

I love films like Crank and Upgrade which have this crazy premise and you just have to sit back and enjoy without taking anything to seriously, however they are written so damn well they define the genre which thrives on the unexpected and how you never know whats coming next,

With this film the main character makes such mind numbingly stupid decisions at the start of the film and those decisions later obviously make rather predictable consequences its just hard to find him worth giving a damn about,

characters talk forever or stand stupidly until they get shot regardless of having numbers or the upper hand.

It's predictable, god is it predictable. the special effects and indoor gunfights never quite feel like anythings real, it just seems off, its a great fun idea but only if done well, unfortunately watching this feet like a chore. other films have done similar things but far better.
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2/10
2 Stars and Here's Why
nothingroyal29 February 2020
1 Star for getting people together and creating a film. Another for all the actors and crew members that showed up on time to make it (that take a work ethic).

After that, this is a film made by a couple of nine year olds who somehow got their hands on Millions of production dollars!

This film is trite and boring, showing the same tired scheme of that seems to be on our collective; mental and real-life merry-go-round for who knows how long?

It's terrible, that's the bottom line. Just throw some 80's or 90's tracks over shooting soulless, empty characters - like a video game, and you'll have a hit! Give me a break.
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2/10
TRASH
salalahmahri9916 March 2020
It feels like nobody put in an effort to even try and make it interesting, the lines are generic and the villans tattoos look like children doodles and IT IS NOT EVEN EXPLAINED (including his background too). Very sad to see Radcliffe in this movie, but yeh it gets two stars for being colorful and that's all..
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2/10
Stunning And Brave Throughout
devilsadvocate-708051 March 2020
Movie is awful. No likeable characters, epileptic action sequences, dumb writing, dumber directing and preachy liberal jibes throughout. They literally have second amendment supporters named things like "h8 is gr8" in the internet chatrooms where our brave liberal hero is arguing at the start of the film. What a way to get people on-side. Then there is the Chinese, rainbow haired love interest.. it's great how they manage to combine pandering to China and pandering to LGBT in one character. No 2020 movie would be complete without a super cool, super tough, super stunning and brave superhero woman and this movie is no exception. She kills dozens of men like she's John Wick, but as soon as she goes after the main character she becomes a Star Wars storm trooper. Miss it.
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1/10
selling the fame
user_029 February 2020
No sense, so many errors, no connection, the story has not a message or doesn't make sense, just sell it for the actors?! come on guys
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1/10
Terrible.
mihsankan2 March 2020
Absolute waste of screen time. It was dumb, it was not funny, it was pure cringe and action scenes sucked big time.
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2/10
It looks like a Russian blockbuster.
igoaled29 February 2020
It sucks. It looks like a Russian blockbuster. A drunken epileptic is running around with a camera. The screenwriter and director are trying to catch this epileptic and take their drugs.
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4/10
I don't know what I just watched
FilmChamp202 March 2020
This movie couldn't decide if it wanted to be Gamer or Scott Pilgrim with a little Player One thrown in there for spice. The one thing all those movies had, at least, was a story. There's no background information to really get you into the world or really any character development. I feel just thrown into a try hard comedic action movie. Nothing felt like it flowed or felt "real". This would pass as an entertaining YouTuber made project movie. Like old school SMOSH or Film Riot. Actors and Actresses involved must have done it for fun. I guess it's fun for a mindless entertainment type mood. No thought required. Felt like an R rated Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network movie.
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8/10
Switch off your brain and enjoy some mindless fun
DeadMansTrousers29 February 2020
The negative reviews for this movie are hilarious. Are you expecting Shakespearean grade storytelling from a movie whose main character has guns bolted to his hands? This is meant to be pure entertainment and it delivers balls to the wall action mixed with over the top humour. I was genuinely entertained while watching this and I'm glad I decided to ignore the negativity surrounding it. It's best to just suspend belief and enjoy this film for what it is.
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1/10
Pathetic, unnecessarily violent, unfunny movie.
samyoung-8264829 February 2020
I can't believe how stupid this film is. The story is totally predictable. If a male does it, they're stupid and incompetent. If a female does it, they're a ninja warrior. This is WOKE on steroids. If I could give this steaming piece of trash a 0, I would.

Daniel Radcliffe is either a neutered sack or taking himself too seriously as an actor. Samara Weaving as Nix was awful, one dimensional. It's a sign of her acting chops when she didn't push back on her trash role.

The jokes miss the mark. The film is either by incompetent writers, or, it's meant to be so bad that it's funny. In reality, it's neither.

Save your time. This is the WORST film I have seen in a long time. Just say no to this trash.
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7/10
Flawed and Nearly Aimless but Fun Eye Candy
TwistedContent28 February 2020
"Guns Akimbo" or, in other words, Jason Lei Howden's millennial, culturally relevant in 2019 spiritual relative of "Crank". Jokes (and Howden's twitter mess) aside, "Guns Akimbo" provides some real fun, mostly in terms of action and other visual treats, with Radcliffe and Weaving adding bonus points. Other than that, it's flawed enough.

"Guns Akimbo" introduces us to a world much like ours plus "Schism", which we, thankfully, don't have as of yet. The hero, or, in simple terms, a loser (un)intentionally steps on Schism's admin's toes and now has been pitted against the champion Nix with revolvers bolted to his hands. What follows is nearly 90 minutes of action - chases, gunfights, racing, explosions and so on and so forth. It's undeniably entertaining visually and is supported by creative and dynamic camerawork, vivid and explosive color grading and crafty editing that's reaching over the line of overkill at times. Rest assured that violence gets provided in satisfactory amounts. There's so much action that compensates for the lack of some other elements & eventually "Guns Akimbo" can turn out mind-numbing for some. Radcliffe and Weaving are definitely having fun, offer up playful performances and some hit&miss one-liners. The comedy in "Guns Akimbo" is indeed of the hit&miss nature, perhaps maybe even more on the miss side. Jason Lei Howden has tried to insert social commentary, talk about our generation's thirst for blood and utter necessity to feel better at all times, the awful mess that internet is, but that all finishes its run in like the first 1/3 of the movie. Point being, "Guns Akimbo" essence and point is mostly just high entertainment value. And it's good in those terms. Besides our two shining leads, Ned Dennehy also adds some fun, being maybe a little too comicky, but eccentric and pleasantly insane villain.

"Guns Akimbo" is a top tier action flick, top notch indie eye candy & an absolute blast for the hero of the day, Daniel Radcliffe. Past all that, it's just an okay movie. If you need some fast-paced, no-brakes, easy-on-the-brain fun, this goes out as recommendation especially for You. My rating: 7/10.
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7/10
Bloody, savage and entertaining.
yogeshevolution4 March 2020
The movie is full on entertainer with action, blood and yes the rocking musicšŸ¤˜. The story is simple and pacy . Really enjoyable and samara rocks so does danny. Full on popcorn movie.
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2/10
Completely cringe throughout
ajk-7575529 February 2020
Attempts at comedy are feeble tries at being relatable and the action sequences are awkward and stupid like a 4 year olds with adhd's trying to paint.
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4/10
This was honestly a bad movie
timoryhanenart29 February 2020
I watched the entire Film and thought that this movie probably was made bad on purpose. Dont waste your time. And it was so bad that I had to write my first bad review.
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5/10
Worse Than the Sum of Its Parts
olesd11 February 2020
Someone tried to blend the Gerard Butler flop 'Gamer' with Suicide Squad. Trapped in an irritatingly preachy movie about how bad The Internet is is a funny movie about an average joe with a unique problem. Without all the painfully wacky stylistic flourishes this might have been a creative R-Rated action film content to rest in it's own niche. Guns Akimbo is pretentious enough to believe it's telling the REAL truth about violence in society...when really it's about as realistic as DeadPool. Daniel is charming and the cast is fine but the dialogue is exceedingly cringe and it's trying to sneer at gamers and millennials while getting them to hand over their money. Oldsters who hate this generation won't understand half the references and younger people will just shrug. Hipsters might just ignore the dumb and enjoy the fun so add more stars if you don't mind rolling your eyes if there's a couple decent scenes to glean.
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8/10
I like this but...off topic
turdymac1 March 2020
Samara Weaving IS Harley Quinn. She proved it in this film. You want a good Harley movie? She's your ticket.
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