FREE FIRE – Review By Gadi Elkon

Writer Amy Jump and Director Ben Wheatley are a much witness duo that takes fiery folks and puts them in uniquely open isolated areas.  Violence leading to brutal murder is a big staple and so is plenty of dark comedic moments.  The duo also are fans of quality independent studios like IFC, Alamo Drafthouse, and now A24 to showcase their fun entertaining work.  Free Fire is their biggest cast, most explosive action packed work and one of the funniest films of the year.  Click through for my full review and some more fun clips from this must see film.

Bold, breathless and wickedly fun, Free Fire is an electrifying comedy-thriller about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) propels the audience head-on into quite possibly the most epic shootout ever seen on film as he crafts a spectacular parody –– and biting critique –– of the insanity of gun violence. Everyone’s got a gun, and absolutely no one is in control.

Set in a colorful yet gritty 1970s Boston, Free Fire opens with Justine (Oscar® winner Brie Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Armie Hammer) arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris (Cillian Murphy) and shifty South African gun runner Vernon (Sharlto Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on Battle Royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves. 

Free Fire has a massive cast that are hilarious for every moment of the film.  Armie Hammer's beard, the different accents and Sharlto Copley allow for one of the most entertaining ensembles in film so far in 2017. Another great part of the Wheatly team is his DP Laurie Rose.  She is also a staple on the Peaky Blinders series so shooting Cillian Murphy is second nature.  The film does an incredible job of setting up our wacky guns exchange and when the action begins it doesn't stop for the rest of the movie.  Tarantino meets Matthew Vaughn/Guy Ritchie is another way I'd explain this film.  No matter what the non-stop laughs and non-stop bullets creates an incredibly rewarding 90 minutes. 

No chill pills were taken!  So the moments after that exchange are pure gun battling greatness. 

Honestly this film is my favorite film of the year so far.  It'll easily be in my Top Ten at the end of the year.  So no more chatter, just go see the fucking film already.  Oh and the soundtrack is amazing!  Hell music is even a perfect punch line for moments in the film.

For more information on the film please go, here.

 

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