In Review: Guns Akimbo (Prime)

On the surface, Guns Akimbo is an implausible yarn, and a slightly silly story. However, when you think of the tale in the context of metaphor, it's quite a smart story, in many ways.
Guns Akimbo

Synopsis: Guns Akimbo sees Daniel Radcliffe plays Miles Lee Harris, a computer coder living a humdrum existence. That is until he encounters “Skizm” a deadly online phenomenon. Consequently, he becomes embroiled in a life-changing, ultra-violent adventure . . .

Story

On the surface, Guns Akimbo is an implausible yarn, and a slightly silly story. However, when you think of the tale in the context of metaphor, it’s quite a smart story, in many ways. The story is a little extreme, but that makes things fun. Once you run with it you can enjoy it for what it is. But really, this films is very much a dark satire, and the themes in it are highly relevant. Really, this could easily have been an episode of Black Mirror. What worked well was the concept of Skizm having become very ordinary entertainment, now.

In terms of the pacing, Guns Akimbo was of a similar vein to another freshly reviewed movie: Jolt (2021). That’s also brought to audiences by Amazon Prime. Also playing an important role in Guns Akimbo is Samara Weaving. What’s eventually revealed about her character, Nix, helps bolster the film’s story-world. That’s a very dark place at times, one that commentates on our own society.

Acting

It’s a bit odd seeing “Harry Potter” with guns bolted to his hands. But, at times Daniel Radcliffe does do very well, and plays a “nobody” with conviction. But the true star of this movie is Samara Weaving, who makes her character much more fun to watch.

CGI & Stunts

A combination, here, of computer trickery and choreography. The violence was quite extreme in this film, at times. But somehow it managed not to be overtly gratuitous, and was largely representative of the disconnect between the online “world” and the real one.

Overall

A good concept, but not a great film. That said, the strength of this dark romp is that it goes to extremes in the right way. It really brings home the point that today we need to be brutal to actually satirize. But the serious point made is that for many the accepted “norms” of the internet are far from it. In some ways, this movie is science-fiction proper. Certainly, it is a warning and should be viewed as such. Whilst it does make you think, it also makes you laugh at times, too. So, it scores extra points for that fun element.

 

Guns Akimbo is out now, available to watch for free with an Amazon Prime subscription. It’s not a new movie, but is new to Prime.

8.6
In Review: Guns Akimbo (Prime)
  • Story
    8.7
  • Acting
    8.5
  • CGI & Stunts
    8.5
  • Incidental Music
    8.5
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