In Brief: Fun flick. A whole movie with a Quentin Tarantinoesque gun fight.
Two groups meet in a deserted Boston warehouse in 1978. One is buying illegal weapons; the other is selling. A member of each group got into a confrontation the night before the meeting. The acrimony is such that one guy grabs a gun and shoots the other. Seconds later everyone’s diving for cover with guns blazing.
The shootout continues for 90 Quentin Tarantinoesque minutes. Gut-busting barbs and insults fly as fast and furiously as the bullets. You find yourself liking and rooting for one group or the other but don’t really want either to lose. That leads to even more fun and that’s trying to guess how writer/ director Ben Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump are going to resolve things.
Room’s Brie Larson heads a cast that features Armie Hammer (The Birth of a Nation), Cillian Murphy (In the Heart of the Sea) and Sharlto Copely (District Nine). The actors have a lot of fun with their characters and the story. So will you. Free Fire is a guilty pleasure blast.
Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Patrick Bergin, Noah Taylor
Rated R for mature themes, violence. Free flowing dialogue and bullets. This one is guilty pleasure. Give it a 4 on the Average Joe Movie 0 to 5 scale.
5 to 4 1/2: Must see on the big screen.
4 to 3 1/2: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 to 2 1/2: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 to 1: Don’t bother.
0:Speaks for itself.
Gary Wolcott has been a movie consultant for KXL since 2014. A lifelong fan of film, he’s been a film critic in radio, television and newspaper for 25-years. Wolcott catches a couple of hundred movies a year and he sees a great many of them so you don’t have to.
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