Guns Akimbo Review by Accessreel

The first reviews for Samara’s upcoming film “Guns Akimbo” have started to surface online, and I’ll share a couple with you the next weeks while we wait for the premiere! First up is a very positive one from Accessreel, which you can read below.

Accessreel | GUNS AKIMBO launches into the action from its very first frame. Our narrator is Miles (Daniel Radcliffe) a put-upon video game developer who hates his job; he is under the thumb working on a money-spinning hypercasual game that he has no respect for. His boss bullies him. His long-term girlfriend Nova (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) has left him (probably). When he’s home alone in his flat, he gets hammered and taunts people, that he considers beneath him, online. And then one day, his activities gets him mixed up with the people who run Skizm.

Skizm is the real-world illegal death-match fight club that runs continuously online. It pits one single fighter against another and the scope its gameplay ranges across an unnamed American city. What the audience doesn’t know, nor care, about is that the people behind Skizm use threats and blackmail to choose who fights whom and when. Miles discovers the hard way what kind of deep-level coercion is involved, when he is kidnapped and forced to fight Nix (Samara Weaving). She is the best fighter to ever play the game. Her ratings are through the roof. She is a speedy, fearless, psychotically-lethal opponent. And Miles is a physically unimpressive, poorly co-ordinated keyboard warrior. The match-up is ludicrous. He will need all his wits, and extraordinary luck, to win this fight.

This new action comedy film is written and directed by New Zealand director Jason Lei Howden. Best known for his horror-comedy debut DEATHGASM (2015), everything about this movie is set to impress a broader international audience. The action and effects are solid. The world of video games is the template for many of the visuals and aesthetics of the movie. Although the game has real participants, the fact it is online, has a soundtrack that features the running dialogue of the Skizm casters, displays the scores ticking over and contains a cartoonish level of the violence, make it purposely less confronting for the movie’s audience. Miles facing down uniformed and masked assailants is the equivalent of you or me playing a first-person shooter. This is all handled with skill and efficiency reminiscent of Edgar Wright’s SCOTT PILGRIM VS.THE WORLD (2010).

The script is a wry comedy with a thread of social commentary running through it. Miles seems to be a decent guy, but he is about to be tested by an extreme situation. Howden’s portrait of pre-Skizm Miles and the effects his experience has on him, raises some interesting questions about how we use games and the Internet and the overall effect it has on our perception of what our lives are for. Howden’s direction and pacing is noteworthy; the heartfelt moments land and so do most of the quieter physical comedy sequences involving Miles. This has the net effect of keeping us guessing about the take or angle of any new scene.

Daniel Radcliffe last played Harry Potter in 2011. And although he will always be known for that role, he has done a sterling job of playing a variety of stage, television and film roles. Here he delivers a centred lead character who easily captures our attention and holds it. He is a young, but veteran actor, who knows how to play a likeable character and connect with the audience.

Australia’s Samara Weaving as Nix, plays her most blood-thirsty character yet. Interestingly, certain folks keep employing the old-fashioned term Scream Queen to note Weaving’s horror-adjacent roles, but this is wide of the mark. As in THE BABYSITTER (2017), MAYHEM (2017) and READY OR NOT (2019) you don’t remember her characters for their scream-power. She is the go-to-actress for wielding weaponry in this Blumhouse-influenced, genre-flick era we are living in. She and Radcliffe have good chemistry in their scenes together.

GUNS AKIMBO refers to the “dual wielding” of weapons. Apparently not recommended by your sword or gun warriors in real life, but history tells us it’s an absolute necessity in the movies and then in games (i.e. it looks cool).. Who do we praise or blame for this? Director John Woo? Shall we discuss the use of the New York Reload? Or shall I just get on with this review. Yeah, fine.

As Howden’s title hints, this is about a heightened, unreal world; something of a sandbox game. The metropolitan setting is like Resident Evil’s Raccoon City. Real people are mostly sidelined non-player characters. Film Influences like THE RUNNING MAN (1987) and JOHN WICK (2014) are buried in there somewhere, too. Although the way characters go through violence and damage has more in common with movies, games and comics, there is no fourth wall to be broken. There are human emotions at stake with these characters and if they die, they won’t respawn. The sum of all this genre-mashing is an exciting, clever, funny 1 hour and 35 minutes at the movies. My rating (8.5/10)

GUNS AKIMBO opens in Australia in a limited run on February 28. You can see it first via Monsterfest – Click here

‘Snake Eyes’: Samara Weaving to Play Scarlett in ‘GI Joe’ Movie Spinoff

The Wrap | “Ready or Not” actress Samara Weaving has closed a deal to play Scarlett in Paramount’s “G.I. Joe” spinoff “Snake Eyes,” Paramount announced on Monday. Japanese actor Takehiro Hira has also closed a deal to star as the main villain in the film as well.

“Crazy Rich Asians” breakout Henry Golding is set to play Snake Eyes, “Warrior” headliner Andrew Koji is playing Storm Shadow, and “Money Heist” breakout star Úrsula Corberó has closed a deal to play the Baroness.

“Snake Eyes,” the third live-action film based on the “G.I. Joe” toy line, will focus on the origins of the fan-favorite character known for his masked face, black commando uniform and ninja training. Robert Schwentke, the director of “Red” and “R.I.P.D.,” is set to direct “Snake Eyes” for Paramount and Skydance. The film will be released on Oct. 16, 2020.

“Beauty and The Beast” screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay, and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner are producing. Jeff Waxman is executive producing. Hasbro and Skydance are co-producing, while MGM is co-financing.

The story centers on Snake Eyes’ origins where he tries to become a member of the Arashikage Clan, a ninja clan based in Japan. According to “G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide,” the Arashikage worked as shadowy assassins for generations, using deception to earn their keep as ninjas, as well as developing a reputation for being able to perform impossible tasks.

Weaving will next star in Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood,” and her recent credits include “Ready or Not,” “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” and “Guns Akimbo.”

‘Hollywood’: Dylan McDermott, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, Maude Apatow & Joe Mantello Among Netflix Series Cast Additions

Deadline | Dylan McDermott, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, Maude Apatow, Joe Mantello, Laura Harrier and Jake Picking have joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix limited drama series Hollywood. They join previously announced Jeremy Pope, Darren Criss, David Corenswet, Patti LuPone and Holland Taylor.

Few details are known about the series, which Murphy calls “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown.” It is believed to be set in the 1940s and centers on three lead characters — played by Pope, Criss and Corenswet.

McDermott will play Ernie; Weaving will portray Claire; Parsons will play Henry Wilson; Apatow will portray Henrietta; Mantello will play Dick; Harrier will play Camille; and Picking will play actor Rock Hudson.

Murphy co-created the series with frequent collaborator Ian Brennan. Principal photography got underway this summer, with Pope, Criss and Corenswet all exec producing in addition to starring.

Hollywood is Murphy’s third show for Netflix following The Politician and Ratched, and the first under his mega overall deal with the streamer.

This marks Murphy’s latest collaboration with McDermott who starred in the very first installment of FX’s American Horror Story and can be seen in Murphy’s Netflix series The Politician, which premieres today on Netflix. He’s repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment.

Weaving can be seen as the lead in Fox Searchlight’s thriller Ready or Not, and she also stars opposite Daniel Radcliffe in action comedy Guns Akimbo, which recently made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Weaving recently wrapped Bill and Ted Face the Music, the threequel to the cult franchise. She’s repped by Untitled, WME, Shannahan in Australia and attorney Tara Kole at Gang Tyre.

Parsons co-starred in Murphy’s HBO movie The Normal Heart, earning an Emmy nomination. The The Big Bang Theory alum also is reprising his role from Murphy’s Broadway production of The Boys In the Band in Murphy’s Netflix film adaptation. Parsons, who recently teamed with fellow Big Bang star Mayim Bialik on multi-camera comedy series Carla at Fox and is producing Quibi comedy The Monarchy Is Going to S***, is repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment LA.

Two-time Tony winner Mantello recently directed Murphy’s Tony winner The Boys in the Band and the subsequent film version set to be released on Netflix in 2020. A major Broadway director whose acting breakthrough came in the original, landmark production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Mantello’s stage directing credits include the recent Hillary and Clinton, Three Tall Women and the long-running blockbuster Wicked. He’s set to direct Scott Rudin’s 2020 revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett. Hollywood marks Mantello’s return to TV following roles in Dick Wolf’s original Law & Order series and Murphy’s The Normal Heart. He’s repped by CAA.

Apatow, who plays Lexi in HBO’s Euphoria, will next be seen in Universal’s untitled Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson comedy feature. She’s repped by UTA and Mosaic.

Harrier appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming and most recently in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. She will next be seen in features The Starling and BIOS. Harrier is repped by ICM Partners, Soffer/Namoff Entertainment and Peikoff Mahan.

Picking will next be seen as Harvard in Paramount’s Top Gun: Maverick alongside Tom Cruise and directed by Joe Kosinski. His other credits include Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Blockers and Only the Brave. Additionally, he has appeared in Patriot’s Day, Goat and Dirty Grandpa. Picking is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.

Article: TV WEEK ​​Unveils Inaugural List Of The Next-Gen Women On Aussie TV featuring Samara

Bauer’s TV WEEK is using its latest issue to celebrate women, with the release of its inaugural list of Next Gen Women of Australian television.

The 13-page feature story showcases 37 women who are leading in their field within the Australian television industry. From actresses to writers, producers to reality stars, these women epitomise the modern face of Australian entertainment.

Curated by TV WEEK Editor Thomas Woodgate, the feature is a ‘who’s who’ of the next generation of women changing the face of Australian television.

This year’s list features an array of incredible talent including Picnic at Hanging Rock star Samara Weaving, LA based actress Eliza Scanlen of HBO series Sharp Objects, co-writer and lead actress of Top End Wedding, Miranda Tapsell, and comedian Hannah Gadsby.

The feature follows Screen Australia’s recent update to their 2015 Gender Matters initiatives promise; Australians are now seeing women occupy at least 50 per cent of creative roles in Australia.

Woodgate commented: “We are very excited to share this incredible group of women with our readers. Australia’s amazing young talent are not only doing us proud on the international stage, but also in our own backyard.

“TV WEEK is a passionate supporter of diversity in entertainment, and it’s wonderful to see such a creative group of game changing women leading the charge in this industry. This is the first time we’ve created this special and we hope we to continue it in years to come.” (Read full list at the source)

Ready or Not! Samara Weaving vs. Adam Brody!

As mentioned yesterday, Samara has been cast in a new film titled “Ready or Not”! Below you can read more about the project, which Samara is currently filming in Toronto at this very moment.

Moviehole | A cool-sounding new genre film from Fox Searchlight. Fox Searchlight Pictures issued a presser today noting that principal photography on “Ready or Not” has begun in Toronto, Canada.

The film stars Aussie hottie Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien, with Henry Czerny and Andie MacDowell. Of the Radio Silence team, Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin are directing with Chad Villella executive producing. The script is written by Guy Busick & Ryan Murphy. “Ready or Not is our kind of horror film. With its sly sense of humor this is a genre movie that will leave you terrified, but with a smile on your face, as you leave the theater,” said Greenbaum and Greenfield. “We’ve assembled an amazing cast and crew who have come together to bring this incredible script to life,” said directors Gillett and Bettinelli-Olpin.

“We couldn’t ask for better partners than Fox Searchlight and Radio Silence as we embark on this journey,” said producers Vinson and Vanderbilt. “Ready or Not” follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival. The Radio Silence directing team is comprised of Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin. Script is written by Guy Busick & Ryan Murphy. Tripp Vinson produces via Vinson Films. James Vanderbilt, Bradley Fischer, and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment are also producers. Executive Producers are Tara Farney, Tracey Nyberg, and Radio Silence’s Chad Villella.

Presidents of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, Senior Vice President of Production DanTram Nguyen and Creative Executive Richard Ruiz are overseeing the project for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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