Review: Free Fire

Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.

During an arms deal at a deserted warehouse in 1970’s Boston, tensions rise and complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.

Free Fire, also known as ‘How much crawling on your belly can you do in 90 minutes?’ is a 2017 action-comedy film directed by Ben Wheatley starring Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor.

It’s a great cast playing, somewhat limited roles. I think that’s the best way to describe them. After all, it’s not a character drama. It’s a shoot ’em up. I think everyone does well with what they are given though, as you’d expect. Sharlto Copley as he tends to be was brilliant and he steals every moment of screen time he has. I’m really starting to like Armie Hammer as an actor too.

imagesYou don’t get much character development or even background. Other than, here is why this guy is an idiot and why this guy is clearly an asshole. Basically everyone is a douche bag in someway but they give you just enough information about everyone to move forward with.

I think it’s great for what it is. In other words, I think it’s a great little film about a cagey fire fight in an old abandoned warehouse. If you expect anything else going into it, you’re an idiot. Seriously, I overheard someone complaining about it ‘just being a shoot out in a warehouse’ on the way out. Did you not see any of the advertising?!

I thought it was nice to see a lower scale action film. We don’t need to see whole scale destruction of cities and explosions. Instead this is a gritty, dirty and cramped affair in which bullets hurt and immobilise leading to, everyone crawling around desperately trying to survive.

Enjoyable, doesn’t out stay its welcome and doesn’t take itself too seriously either. Free Fire is worth a watch but won’t blow your socks off.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

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