We have all dreamed at one time or another of being a superhero. Miles (Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, December Boys) is no different. Now he is going to have the opportunity, but it is not exactly as he imagined it would be.
In a job he hates and still pining for his ex-girlfriend Nova (Natasha Liu Bordizzo – Hotel Mumbai, The Greatest Showman), Miles’ life is not going great. Things are about to go from bad to worse, though.
He is one of the few not aware of the gang called Skizm, which runs an illegal game that pits two people against each other to the death. One will try to kill the other while millions watch online. Miles finds himself part of the game with two guns bolted to his hands competing against an assassin called Nix (Samara Weaving – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Babysitter).
Initially he does alright as he uses his lifelong skills of avoidance. But things are complicated when Nova is captured he has to surface and try to save her and his own life.
Ever since his career launching (into the deepest parts of the stardom atmosphere) Harry Potter film series was done, Daniel Radcliffe has done his best, with the roles he has selected, to demonstrate that he is talented and can do a variety of characters. Miles (and Guns Akimbo) is another to add to the list. Here he does another fine job and exudes plenty of charisma despite the fact that his character is pretty much a wimpy loser.
Different from anything else he has done, it is a high paced film with plenty of action almost right from the get go. Frenetic might be an understatement here. Adrenaline rush is delivered as you are watching.
Plenty of violence, but of the video game style, so it can be rather comical at times. While there are some clever moments rarely do they happen due to the dialogue. It is often cringe worthy. Plus it is so “of the moment” that anyone older than 25 might have a hard time understanding parts.
A definite watch for fans of films like Crank, Deadpool, John Wick, and Suicide Squad.
Guns Akimbo premiered at TIFF last year and is available on VOD as of February 28.