Shallow plot? Check. Backstory tropes? Check. Terrible accents? Check. Nasty, gratuitous violence? Hell yeah. This movie ticks all the boxes of a cheap action comedy, and trust me, that’s a good thing.
Look, to be honest with you the plot is not worth talking about. All you need to know is an American-accented Daniel Radcliffe (Miles) wakes up one day and he has pistols physically bolted to both of his hands. He can’t even dress himself, so he leaves his house in his dressing gown and Big Foot slippers.
Okay, there’s a bit more to it than that. He’s just been forced into participating in Skism, an underground fight-to-the-death franchise streamed online to millions. It usually pits criminals against each other, but Miles is no criminal. He’s an anti-troll, keyboard warrior picking fights with viewers of the Skism stream via the comments section. When he lands the starring role, so to speak, he’s up against Nix, the undefeated champion.
Nix is played by Samara Weaving, who also starred in the brilliantly violent Ready or Not (I’m sensing a trend here!). As you can probably guess, Nix doesn’t kill Miles immediately, as she easily could. Instead, Miles and Nix embark on a game of cat and mouse, exchanging well-timed comedic phrases each time they meet.
The plot is full of tropes and the violence is ridiculous, but, again, dude literally has guns for hands. The question to ask of movies like these is not, ‘is this a well thought out, engaging story with great acting?’ but rather ‘is there shooty shooty bang bang with good action shots and a pace that doesn’t bore me?’. This film nails that vibe. It’s not a good movie, but it’s a great watch.