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GUNS AKIMBO (2019): The Things I Liked…

Guns Akimbo (2020), Samara Weaving, Daniel Radcliffe, Madman Films
Guns Akimbo (2020), Samara Weaving, Daniel Radcliffe, Madman Films

Guns Akimbo, is the story of Miles (Daniel Radcliffe), a nerdy video game developer whose life changes drastically and against his will, when he becomes the next contestant in an underground live-streamed real-life death match.

Watching Radcliffe play a character extremely far removed from the one he’s most known for is a key reason I wanted to see Guns Akimbo. The fact that the trailer gave me slight ‘The Hunger Games for the social media age’ vibes is another reason.

Post viewing, I can now say that I found Guns Akimbo to be an OK movie overall. For me personally, it’s not really until the forty five minute mark that things became most engaging. After this point is when the memorable, well executed scenes, particularly regarding the humour, action and music took place. An example being the fight scene featuring a funny and well timed ’Stop. Hammer time’ reference.

There’s also one or two scenes that have rather stylish camera work and / or great special effects; plus an unexpected turn in the story. It’s arguably no wonder then that Quentin Tarantino came to mind a few times. Tarantino is an absolute master in terms of style, story, music and overall execution. And what writer / director Jason Lei Howden does with these elements in Guns Akimbo made me see him as one of Tarantino’s promising students. One who still has room to grow. Especially considering this is only his second feature length film.

Earlier in the movie there’s a scene where I thought that Miles could have ended his troubles by simply taking the time to explain his predicament to an injured officer but he didn’t. Later on we do get to see why that would have likely not worked. Still, I wish the writing had been so tight that I wouldn’t have had to question any of the character’s choices at all. 

I’m happy to say that on the strength of the parts of Howden’s film that I really did enjoy, I’m now intrigued to see what he does next. 

If you haven’t seen it yet, perhaps give Guns Akimbo a chance if you’re especially curious. 

Happy Film Loving 

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GUNS AKIMBO (2019): New Trailer From Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Rhys Darby…

Guns Akimbo (2020), Daniel Radcliffe, Madman Films
Guns Akimbo (2020), Daniel Radcliffe, Madman Films

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Guns Akimbo (2019).


In new action / comedy Guns Akimbo, Daniel Radcliffe is Miles, a nerdy video game developer. Things suddenly change for Miles when he gets caught up as the next contestant in an underground gang live-streaming real-life death match.

From writer / director  Jason Lei Howden; additional key cast includes Samara Weaving, Rhys Darby, Ned Dennehy…

First Free Guy (2020), now Gus Akimbo. I wonder how many more video game themed movies are coming this year.

I’m interested because it’s different and it’s crazy. I also just want to see Radcliffe in a memorable movie that’s very different from the ones that made him famous.

Mark Rowley, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Hanako Footman, Set Sjöstrand, Racheal Ofori, Colin Moy, Jacqueline Lee Geurts and Jack Riddiford also star.

Guns Akimbo Release Dates: February 28th, 2020 (US)…

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ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA (2020): New Trailer Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ian Hart, Daniel Webber…

Escape From Pretoria (2020), Daniel Radcliffe
Escape From Pretoria (2020), Daniel Radcliffe

From director Francis Annan comes true story Escape From Pretoria. A new thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe as one of two white South African prisoners who are determined to escape after being imprisoned for working on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC).

Based on a true story as told in the book (Inside Out – Escape from Pretoria Prison) by Tim Jenkin (Radcliffe’s character), additional key cast includes Ratidzo Mambo, Ian hart, Daniel Webber…

I’m quite partial to good stories about prison escapes. Season one and two of Prison Break are two of my favourite seasons of any show ever.

Stephen Hunter, Mark Leonard Winter, Nathan Page, Jeanette Cronin, David Wilson, Martin Ayles, Adam Ovadia, PJ Oaten, Lliam Amor, Lenny Firth and Paul Harvey also star.

Escape From Pretoria Release Dates: March 6th, 2020 (UK)…

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MIRACLE WORKERS – DARK AGES (2019): New Trailer From Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Steve Buscemi, Karan Soni…

Miracle Workers - Dark Ages (2020), Daniel Radcliffe, tbs
Miracle Workers – Dark Ages (2020), Daniel Radcliffe, tbs

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Steve Buscemi, Karan Soni and directed by Simon Rich, Miracle Workers is a comedy series set in the offices of Heaven Inc.

After learning that God has plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels bet him that they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet to save humanity…

Season 1 Trailer

Season 2 Trailer

I actually haven’t watched season one of this series but after seeing the trailer for season two, I’m interested. Especially in filling in the gaps between the seasons, since I rather like the humour in the second trailer; which also happens to remind me of the quite fun British comedy series Plebs.

Jon Bass, Karan Soni, Sasha Compère, Lolly Adefope, Mike Dunston, Theresa O’Shea, Caleb Emery, Joey Thurmond and Myles Evans also star.

Miracle Workers Release Dates: January 28th, 2020….

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JUNGLE (2017): New Trailer From Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell…

Jungle (2017), Daniel Radcliffe
Jungle (2017), Daniel Radcliffe

In Jungle, Daniel Radcliffe and Alex Russell are in a group of friends who trek into the Bolivian jungle with a fraudulent guide (Thomas Kretschmann).

Directed by Greg McLean, Jungle is based on a true survival story and adapted from the book by Yossi Chinsberg. I’m always happy to watch a movie that has people venturing into the dangerous jungle; I just won’t voluntarily do the same, ever because my imagination works too hard conjuring up images of  all the scary creatures that live there.

Jungle Release Dates: 2017 (US)…

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SWISS ARMY MAN (2016): New Trailer From Paul Dano & Daniel Radcliffe

Swiss Army Man (2016) Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe
Swiss Army Man (2016) Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe

The story behind the latest movie  starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano is intrigingly nuts. Dano plays a man stranded on an island and his only friend is…

Witten / directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, I’m curious about the story, but more than that, my main interest is in the film’s creative execution, especially since Radcliffe’s character is essentially a corpse.

I  find myself wondering about which actor’s must have been more challenging…

Swiss Army Man Release Dates: July 1st, 2016 (US)…

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WHAT IF (2013): For The Comedy & Relatable Love & Life Challenges

What If (2013), Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan
What If (2013), Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan

Thanks to good writing and a very talented cast, What If is funny, kind of kooky, possesses an uncommon realness and features a well chosen musical score.

Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall, Meghan Park and Mackenzie Davis are the stars of this Michael Dowse directed comedy / romance.

Kazan, an actress I’ve loved since the beautiful Ruby Sparks (2012) is as adorable as ever and the chemistry between her character and that played by Radcliffe is certainly convincing. What If is a movie you watch for the comedy, the relatable predicaments faced by the characters and the useful wisdom about life and love.

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (2016): New Trailer Featuring More Magic, Thrills & Daniel Radcliffe

Now You See Me 2 (2016), Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan,Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg
Now You See Me 2 (2016), Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg

Now You See Me 2, the sequel to 2012’s slick and clever Now You See Me is coming and the trailer promises more seemingly impossible illusions and tricks from the The Four Horsemen…

Directed by Jon M. Chu; Daniel Radcliffe, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco and Michael Caine return along with Mark Ruffalo for more action magic and thrills.

I’m looking forward to plenty, including the character played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Release Date (s): June 9th, 2016 (UK), June 10th, 2016 (US)…

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