We’ve been waiting for this trailer for more than a year and a half since we first heard about the movie. In Guns Akimbo, Daniel Radcliffe wakes up one day to find out that he’s had guns bolted to his hands and he has to kill a woman named Nix in 24 hours or he’ll die. He’s been drafted into his reality’s version of an extreme reality show. Unfortunately for him, Nix is Samara Weaving, and she’s a serious badass. That’s pretty much all we knew going into the trailer and it’s all we needed to hear.
Guns Akimbo is set for limited release on February 28th.
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.