Movie Review Guns Akimbo

Thursday, 12 March 2020  |  Admin

Movie Review

Guns Akimbo 1hr 35m (R)

New Zealand action comedy film written and directed by Jason Lei Howden.

stars Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Ned Dennehy, Grant Bowler, Edwin Wright, and Rhys Darby.


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

Any Good?
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 53% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 5.88/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Frenetic to a fault, Guns Akimbo may leave some viewers reaching for the killswitch Ė but for others, its videogame-style violence will have plenty of replay value.

On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average of score of 45 out of 100 based on 9 critics between 3-7.5/10

Slant Magazine Steven Scaife 3/10
Writer-director Jason Lei Howdenís humor might have been tolerable if his film was at least reasonably imaginative.

TheWrap Simon Abrams 6/10
Guns Akimbo may be too mild to be memorable, but it is a mostly satisfying time-waster.

The Film Stage Jared Mobarak 6.7/10
With an unhinged Weaving chewing the scenery as Nix and a perfectly cast Radcliffe doing his best to survive while also finding it impossible to keep Milesí snarky thoughts in his brain out of his mouth, itís hard not to be entertained.

IMDB User Rating 6.6/10

DSome comments

Much better then I expected. 9/10
Best Harry Potter film yet! 10/10
Shoot 'Em Up meets mayhem 9/10
Can't believe Harry Potter could sink this low 1/10
Mixed feelings 7/10

MGN Review

Not really my type of movie but I had to admit to being sort of entertained. Has the comic book rip off feel to it from the off.

I thought Radcliffe was excellent and pretty much held everything together in the lead role. His co stars didnít really impress and Ned Dennehy who I do like in other stuff, as the main baddie, was a little weak tbf.

The comedy only succeeded very occasionally and althoiugh in the days of suicide squad and birds of prey this effort attempts to be cool, but never really totally pulls it off or even gets near.

A good turn your brain off actioner for fans of radcliffe who like to see him in something a little different and this is definitely that.

MGN rating scrapes a watchable rating of 6/10

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