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Guns Akimbo (2019)
« on: February 29, 2020, 10:28:25 PM »
From the writer/director of 2015's Deathgasm comes this daft but very fun affair, where there's this sort of underground fight club thing going on called Skizm who force psychopaths to try to kill each other, and who use drones to capture all the violence while millions watch online. And because Daniel Radcliffe trolls the live chat Skizm kidnaps him, bolt guns to his hands, and set their number one killer, Samara Weaving, on to him. What follows is a ridiculous amount of OTT violence, there's very little depth here, just lots of shooting and lots of blood and gore, it's stylishly directed with some great performances (plus a fun cameo from Rhys Darby) and is a great example of a very hyper action movie done really well. 7.9/10.

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Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2020, 03:19:33 PM »
Saw this last night, it's good daft fun, reminded me of Crank

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Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2020, 03:38:03 PM »
Definitely reminds me of "Crank" crossed with "Ready Player One". I love that Daniel Radcliffe, having made enough money for several lifetimes, just does whatever the hell he wants these days.

Tons of fun - but I did wonder why they bothered having the English star and the Irish villain mask their accents.

Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2020, 03:51:39 PM »
After a shaky start to his post-Potter career Radcliffe has become the most interesting of all of them. He was great in Miracle Workers and always seems to be trying to do interesting work. Seems like a good lad as well

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Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2020, 04:09:37 PM »
Aye, he puts Robert "Doolittle" Downey Jr to shame.

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Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2020, 09:41:33 PM »
Saw this last night, it's good daft fun, reminded me of Crank

I thought that too, mostly the high energy levels but also the ridiculous amount of damage his body took, normally that annoys me in action films but this is so over the top it's not an issue.

After a shaky start to his post-Potter career Radcliffe has become the most interesting of all of them. He was great in Miracle Workers and always seems to be trying to do interesting work. Seems like a good lad as well

I'm a big old fan of his now, Swiss Army Man is a beautifully insane film, Miracle Workers has been enjoyable and is improving with the second season, and this is just plain daft fun. Like you say he seems to be just picking projects that interest him, and he's definitely improving as an actor over time as well.

Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2020, 07:41:27 AM »
Saw this last night and it is indeed big, dumb fun. Too much CGI blood but apart from that it was great. Radcliffe and Weaving hamming it up a treat, and then being completely overacted by the baldy bad fella. A good turn by Rhys Darby as well

Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2020, 08:34:51 AM »
Surprised at all the praise here considering the mauling it’s getting pretty much everywhere else. A lot of bad reviews mentioning the director doxxing black women but I haven’t looked into it. Or seen this movie. AND YET I POST

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Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2020, 09:41:02 AM »
Radcliffe was good in Horns too

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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2020, 10:43:35 AM »
Surprised at all the praise here considering the mauling it’s getting pretty much everywhere else. A lot of bad reviews mentioning the director doxxing black women but I haven’t looked into it. Or seen this movie. AND YET I POST

I don't know about the doxxing stuff but critics are notoriously shit at reviewing these sorts of film. It's like a restaurant critic reviewing junk food

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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2020, 11:43:01 AM »
I don't know about the doxxing stuff but critics are notoriously shit at reviewing these sorts of film. It's like a restaurant critic reviewing junk food

I should have made it clear that I was mainly talking about Letterboxd, so not just critics. It has an average rating of 2.8/5 stars and the top 10 reviews are:

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Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2020, 12:22:33 PM »
Radcliffe was good in Horns too

I really like  A Young Doctor's Notebook (not a film) but I think CaB largely didn't like it.

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Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2020, 09:31:49 PM »
Surprised at all the praise here considering the mauling it’s getting pretty much everywhere else. A lot of bad reviews mentioning the director doxxing black women but I haven’t looked into it. Or seen this movie. AND YET I POST

It's a little more complicated than that - https://www.vulture.com/2020/02/guns-akimbo-director-jason-lei-howden-twitter-controversy.html - and though I wouldn't defend his actions, he has at least attempted to apologise for them.

It's like a restaurant critic reviewing junk food

That's a great comparison, and something that I think is absolutely the case.

I really like  A Young Doctor's Notebook (not a film) but I think CaB largely didn't like it.

That somehow passed me by completely but I'm obtaining the first episode now and will watch it soon as it certainly looks intriguing.

Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2020, 11:43:34 PM »
"Director Jason Lei Howden incensed a social-media controversy over the weekend". Huh?

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Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2020, 11:57:37 PM »
It's a little more complicated than that - https://www.vulture.com/2020/02/guns-akimbo-director-jason-lei-howden-twitter-controversy.html - and though I wouldn't defend his actions, he has at least attempted to apologise for them.

Fucking hell, I'm glad I'm not on Twitter. It's just exhausting.

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Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2020, 06:16:20 PM »
My wife and I watched this last night and Jesus oh, it is a fucking blast of a thing altogether. As others have said, there’s nothing especially original about it. At any one time it’s pulling from everything from Scott Pilgrim to The Running Man to Fight Club to Gamer to Crash to Shoot Em Up to Van Damme’s films with Tsui Hark to The Night Comes For Us to… Aw for fuck sake, any God’s amount of things it riffs on and rips off throughout, not to mention all of the many thousands of Social Media Horrors banjaxing the bandwidth these past few years. But it is about as ludicrously enjoyable a throwing together of all of those things as anyone could reasonably ask for.

Multiple shots and takes and sequences delighted me beyond all sense, but the sight of a willy trying and failing to pee in a straight line as two hands with guns bolted on attempt to hold it in place perhaps delighted most of all. I think that was the point when I properly climbed onboard, and also the point when I felt like anything at all could happen here. Absolutely anything. Bit like when we saw Kilroy's willy pissing up a window in Jam. There are no rules, you could be confronted with almost anything. That's what shots of pissing willies tend to say.

These sorts of ultraviolent OTT ADD Holyfucksploitation pictures directed to within an inch of their guts can sometimes become very wearying over the course of 90 minutes or however long, but I was captivated for the duration with Guns Akimbo. I really haven’t enjoyed anything quite this much in a fair old while. Probably not since Ready Or Not, the other recent Don’t Fuck With Samara Weaving picture that properly stomped me to water. 

Re: Guns Akimbo (2019)
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2020, 06:56:30 PM »
Fucking hell, I'm glad I'm not on Twitter. It's just exhausting.

No shit. I feel stressed out just reading that article. THIS WOMAN IS BAD, KILL HER. THESE PEOPLE ARE BAD FOR ATTACKING THAT WOMAN, KILL THEM. LOOK AT THIS GUY HAVING A GO AT THOSE PEOPLE, KILL HIM. Switch it off.

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