Friday, 5 May 2017

Free Fire: Review

(Free Fire, Ben Wheatley, 2017. Image found at:

When you bring a gun to a knife fight people get hurt, when you bring the wrong guns to a very important arms deal people get killed. Free Fire is one and a half hours of an entire arms deal that should really be pretty simple, but the ragtag collisions of misfits and misfires accumulates to something much much more than that.

Free Fire (2017) is completely dissimilar to anything you've seen at the cinema in the last ten years at least and that is an absolute guarantee. To be totally honest, I don't think I've ever seen something quite like it or executed quite so precisely as the film completely becomes it's own. Directed by Ben Wheatley (High Rise and Kill List), Free Fire is one of those films I really urge you to see in the cinema or at least with other people, coming down to an absolute should see at least once kind of film experience.

The entire film's running time is in real-time, so there's no convoluted storytelling or distracting flashbacks, it really is an entire arms deal between two very different parties from start to finish. The attention to detail within the direction is incredible, from the piercing sounds of bullets colliding with concrete or ricocheting off metal to the hilarious character discrepancies.

Free Fire certainly falls into the underrated category, especially considering it's only grossed 2.6 million dollars worldwide when it was expected to exceed three million in the opening weekend, I'm not surprised however as it's not for everyone in terms of the experience that they're selling, but it's one that a lot of people would enjoy if given the chance.

 The plethora of likeable and dis-likeable characters are the true driving force behind the plot that make the experience much more than a simple arms deal gone wrong. With names like Brie Larsson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy etc you'll find yourself unable to completely take a 'side' but more-so supporting specific individuals. The comedy writing is extremely well done in parallel to the 'who knows what happens next' narrative style and it feels new and fresh and somehow works really really well. Free Fire is a fun ride that you should definitely give a chance, I can really see this film blooming once it appears on Netflix and that's not a bad thing, it could totally own the underrated/overlookedness it received from the theatre release.

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