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Guns Akimbo movie review [Action, Comedy]

Guns akimbo review
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Storyline

When Miles Lee Harris, a computer programmer, finds out that his hands had been bloodily bolted with guns (Guns Akimbo); he must use them to his own advantage to save his ex-girlfriend from a group of kidnappers. Along with an evil criminal organization named Skizm.

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Quick states

  • Rating: 6.3
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Thriller
  • Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Ned Dennehy
  • Director: Jason Lei Howden
  • Writer: Jason Lei Howden
  • Certificate: R
  • Country: USA, Germany
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Release Date: 2020
  • AKA: Akimbo
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Filming Location: New Zealand – Munich, Germany – Bavaria, Germany – Pennsylvania, USA

Guns Akimbo movie review

The Guns Akimbo movie is about Miles, who wakes up one day to find a pair of guns tied to his hands and can’t get rid of them until he goes on a mission to kill Nicks, the killer girl, and is threatened that if he runs away, he’ll be killed. So, Miles has a choice: Either he gets into a confrontation with Nicks, she kills him; or he tries to escape, and he gets killed by the people who got him into it.

The story is based on something new: someone waking up with two guns in their hands they can’t get rid of. And the scenario has also created challenges for the hero; from having guns in his hand to wanting to escape the girl and the people who introduced him to the game; to protect the girl he loves.

All of these challenges created a great sense of anticipation for how the protagonist would get rid of all these crises and achieve victory.

The scenario played out startlingly well in the beginning, with Miles; always fearful and never daring to get into a fight; imagining what might happen if that coward spiraled into a mortal game.

And so the character of Nix, whom the script could create hatred for, and then he could turn the viewer’s emotions into empathy for the character, which is what counts for the script. The scenario also created good comic moments and it wasn’t a cramped but effective comedy; enough to see how a person with their hands tied to a gun could drive a car or grab a phone and get the situation comically out without being fabricated.

Guns Akimbo movie trailer

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The scenario at times produced unexpected, if not many, surprises; and then the shifting motives of both Nicks and Miles that made sense.

The problem with the script is the end-of-events sequence, which shows some haste and some logic; but that does not detract from what the film has to offer.

Daniel Radcliffe has been working for a long time to break out of the Harry Potter character’s cloak; which was introduced from young to young, but he couldn’t do so despite making several films.

But in Miles’s role, he did a fine performance that demonstrated his comedic abilities, too. He may have got off to a good start, especially since he has some qualifications to act. As for Nicks’ role, Samara Weaving did not perform as spectacularly as she did in Ready Or Not, because her role at first was largely silent. She took the space to demonstrate only in the second half of the film, but what she did most certainly was very good and still managed to snatch the sights hard.

While Ned Dennehy was the luckiest performing actor, due to the character he played; she was a comically evil character, which made him not perform as well as being rated normal.

Guns Akimbo rating

The director showed a clear interest in action scenes; many of which appeared quite elaborate and bore good original ideas, some of which bore a comedic twist.

But some scenes were less of a concern, and they didn’t appear as they should because they were in a somewhat dark atmosphere and also a quick camera shuffle, and it was probably an attempt by the director to get out of the difficulty of those scenes to safety without the viewer noticing any flaws.

It was not the intende to prolong the film’s duration, but it limites to an hour and a half; which did not create any prolongation or pattern of events. Guns Akimbo is a pretty good movie, and not waiting for a lot of the film eased the pressure on it to produce an action movie with a very acceptable comedy worth watching.

Ayoub
Writer and film critic for Filmiland website, movies enthusiast, and a college student in the Film and Audiovisual Production Management. "Everything I know I know from movies!"

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