Guns Akimbo

Guns Akimbo ★★½

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Guns Akimbo
Dir. Jason Lei Howden
2019

Stuffed to bursting with immature humor and edited in a blender, this latest effort from the director of Deathgasm (a film I freely admit to being quite fond of) is a perfect example of a film’s talented stars deserving so much better than what they are forced to work with. Putting aside Jason Lei Howden’s recent abhorrent behavior on Twitter, I have to admit that there was a part of me that did get some enjoyment out of the constant frenetic action, and I can definitely see this turning out to be someone’s trash even if it isn’t mine. I’m certainly not above having fun with some mindless schlock, after all, Hobo with a Shotgun is one of my favorite movies of all time so I’m obviously not one to turn my nose up at the idea of a movie like this. However, when our main character’s plight in this film ironically mirrors a lot of the toxicity that the director spewed in real life, it creates this odd situation where you simply can’t ignore the uncomfortable elements blaring in your ear like a megaphone. It’s too loud and I can’t pretend it doesn’t exist!

It especially sucks because I do genuinely believe that Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving are both highly talented actors and I was really looking forward to seeing them work together after watching the trailer for this. They do their best with what they have to work with, and I did laugh a couple of times watching their interactions, but there’s only so much they can do with a script that’s so fractured and haphazardly thrown together. This year has been very good for genre releases thus far, but I have to admit that this was my first real disappointment of 2020, and I hope all those involved move forward and do better things...and also don’t work with Jason Lei Howden ever again!

If you’re looking for grindhouse fare in 2020, then check out Color Out of Space, Come to Daddy and VFW instead as all of them are leagues better than this!