Madman Films has unveiled the trailer for the nutty-looking action comedy Guns Akimbo, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving.
Radcliffe plays a nerdy video game developer who loves to lay down dissy comments online. After drunkenly dropping a barb on Skizm, a streaming death-match fight club, he wakes up with guns bolted to his hands and with Skizm star Nix (Weaving) locked in as his first opponent.
This looks like a wild, fun ride. It brings to mind underrated trigger-happy Clive Owen movie Shoot ‘Em Up and Jason Statham’s Crank movies. Radcliffe and Weaving are great value, too. Bring it.
Guns Akimbo, the sophomore feature effort from New Zealand helmer Jason Lei Howden (his first film was Deathgasm, which our writer, Adam, really wasn’t a fan of), will have Special Event Screenings around Australia on February 28th. It’s lined up for a limited US release on Feb 28, as well.
Official synopsis for Guns Akimbo:
Nerdy video game developer (Daniel Radcliffe) is a little too fond of stirring things up on the internet with his caustic, prodding, and antagonizing comments. One night, he makes the mistake of drunkenly dropping an inflammatory barb on a broadcast of Skizm, an illegal death-match fight club streamed live to the public. In response, Riktor (Ned Dennehy), the maniacal mastermind behind the channel, decides to force Miles’ hand (or hands, as it were) and have him join the “fun.” Miles wakes to find heavy pistols bolted into his bones, and learns Nix (Samara Weaving), the trigger-happy star of Skizm, is his first opponent.
Gleefully echoing elements of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the Purge franchise, and videogames like Mortal Kombat, Guns Akimbo is hilariously dark, viciously violent, and potentially — chillingly — prescient. Director Jason Lei Howden (Deathgasm) foretells of a future that may soon await us: drone-captured live feeds, UFC-like competitions pushed to an extreme, and online streaming platforms used for gladiatorial entertainment all around the world. As Miles navigates the underworld of Skizm, the stakes — and the ratings — have never been higher.