Following the style of those movies that Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme used to star in the 1980s and 1990s, Guns Akimbo (2019) seems to be designed by the fans and for the fans to recall the essence of those action flicks with a few dosages of science-fiction and big comedic intentions. Pure action entertaining.
The movie has been written and directed by Jason Lei Howden, a man who has built a solid career as a special and visual effects artist in noted films like The Avengers (2012), The Wolverine (2013) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), and later debuted behind the cameras as responsible of the instant cult classic Deathgasm (2015).
In the movie, placed in an alternate near future, an underground fight club known as “Skizm” achieves massive popularity by live-streaming real deathmatches between criminals and psychos. Ordinary computer programmer Miles Lee Harris, who gets his kicks by trolling online trolls, logs into Skizm’s forum to insult people who turn murder into entertainment. Riktor, the criminal kingpin who runs Skizm, breaks into Miles’ apartment with his henchmen Dane, Effie, and Fuckface. After being beaten and drugged, Miles wakes up to find guns bloodily bolted into each of his hands. Miles learns he has been forced to participate in Skizm by being pitted against Nix, the game’s deadliest and craziest killer
Guns Akimbo (2019) is starred by Daniel Radcliffe, a grown-up Harry Potter, and Samara Weaving, one of the most attractive names in new horror movies lately thanks to her appearance in The Babysitter (2017), Mayhem (2017) and Ready or Not (2019). Together with them, Rhys Darby, Ned Dennehy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Mark Rowley, Grant Bowler, Hanako Footman, Josh Robert Thompson, Set Sjöstrand and Jacqueline Lee Geurts also star.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2019. It was followed by its presence in other festivals like Fantastic Fest, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, and Calgary Underground Film Festival. This weekend Guns Akimbo (2019) is coming out theatrically the USA, followed by the release in the upcoming weeks in the rest of the world. Here you can watch the trailer for Guns Akimbo (2019).
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