There have been many films that have tried to tackle the concept of a live-action video game, and yet few actually managed to pull it off.
From Crank to Gamer, you can go on any streaming service now and find movies that hit that genre, yet none have pulled it off near as well as Jason Lei Howden’s new film Guns Akimbo. This wild action-comedy hits all the right notes to make it one of my top films from TIFF 2019.
Guns Akimbo follows Miles (Daniel Radcliffe), your typical “everyman” coder who loves to “troll the trolls”. After a night of drinking and ill-advised messages in the comment section for an underground deathmatch ring called Skizm, he finds himself in a fight for his life. Now, with guns bolted to his hands, he must face off against Nix (Samara Weaving), a cold-blooded killer, in a fight to the death. With the whole world either watching or wanting to take him down, things are about to get very messy and very bloody.
There is no other way to say it: Guns Akimbo is a wild ride. From early on in the film, director Jason Lei Howden keeps things interesting for his characters, and by proxy the audience. From the early moments of a brutal car battle to the way Miles works his way around the world using only his guns, this is a film that will keep you entertained even when veering into the absurd. Guns Akimbo is filled to the brim with stunts, excitement, and set-pieces, but somehow, even though all the mayhem, it never forgets the characters.