At The Movies: Guns Akimbo is a comedy homage to deathmatch movies

Still from the movie Guns Akimbo starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Still from the movie Guns Akimbo starring Daniel Radcliffe.PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE

SINGAPORE - The comedic bullet-bonanza that is Guns Akimbo (M18, 97 minutes, opens March 19, 3.5 stars) checks all the boxes for a film festival midnight madness movie. Its writer-director is obviously a fan of B-grade action cinema: It boasts a ridiculous premise but also asks viewers to play along or miss the adrenaline rush.

It mostly succeeds, because New Zealand writer-director Jason Lei Howden knows his stuff, with gunplay scenes that recall Hong Kong classics (Hard Boiled, 1992), livened up with headshots and blood spatter of disposable 1970's American and Australian cinema, the ones with the word "game" or "death" in the title.

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