Meet Miles, (Daniel Radcliffe) a game programmer who spends way too much time trolling the fans of Skizm, a life or death game that has taken the world by storm. Miles bullies the wrong person and ends up waking up with guns bolted to the palms of his hands. But it gets worse, the guy he pissed off runs Skizm and he’s sent his best player after Miles, the psycho killer Nix (Samara Weaving). And the shit hits the fan!
There are so many great things about Guns Akimbo. The nearly constant action is more than enough to make your head explode. The acting is top-notch. Director Jason Lei Howden has created a hardcore action flick that will leave you cheering.
When I first heard that Radcliffe was set to star in action flick I was a bit surprised. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan since his Harry Potter days, but Radcliffe has never played a part like this before. I can admit, I was wrong for second-guessing his talent. His character Miles may be a lazy, somewhat emotionally stunted cyberbully, but when it comes down to it, he’s a survivor, and a badass in the end. We watch as he grows as a person, and isn’t that what we want to see characters do? Radcliffe captured Mile’s emotions so well that for a second you forget he’s just a character as you yell at your TV for him to run. When you think of action stars, Daniel Radcliffe probably isn’t on the list, but he should be.
Samara Weaving introduces us to a stone-cold twisted character like we’ve never seen from her before. Nix is a brutal, sadistic, insane killer and I love it. She is a complete badass. Weaving was great in Ready or Not, but she reaches a new level in Guns Akimbo. She was the perfect choice for the role.
The special effects team had one hell of a challenge on their hands but did an absolutely amazing job. I couldn’t begin to imagine just how many props, explosions, and gallons of blood they went through. They really nailed it without a doubt.
Guns Akimbo is an intense, blood-drenched thrill ride that you’re going to want to watch over and over, that’s why I’m giving a strong five out of five. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long to see it. It blasts its way into theaters and slashes its way on to Digital and Demand on February 28th, from Saban Films.