Action Comedy

Death Goes Viral: A TIFF Review of ‘Guns Akimbo’

September 11, 2019Ben MK

We live in a society where the online community thrives on stoking the flames of controversy and feeding off the misfortune of others. But what happens if you take that idea to the nth degree?

In Guns Akimbo, Daniel Radcliffe plays Miles Harris, a mild-mannered app developer who takes pride in "trolling the trolls" on the website of an underground fight club called Skizm, which pits criminals against one another in violent deathmatches. But when Miles' comments raise the ire of Skizm's sociopathic creator Riktor (Ned Dennehy), he finds himself an unwilling participant in the chaos. Now, with a pair of guns bolted to his hands, Miles has 24 hours to defeat Skizm's reigning champion, Nix (Samara Weaving) — or else both he and his ex-girlfriend Nova (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) are dead.

Directed by Jason Lei Howden, the result is a gleefully bloody genre mashup that answers a question you didn't know you needed answered — What do you get when you cross the sci-fi themes of Black Mirror with the kinetic action of Hardcore Henry and the comic book sensibilities of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World?

Guns Akimbo makes its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 35 min.

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