Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Sam Riley, Cillian Murphy, Babou Ceesay, Jack Reynor and Armie Hammer
Run Time: 1h 30min
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
4 Frames out of 5
By: Shari K. Green
Free Fire is another terrific A24 release. They seem to be cornering the market on must see films. With outstanding and unique movies such as Room, Locke, The Lobster, The End of the Tour, American Honey and the 2016 Academy Award winning best picture, Moonlight, all which were well received when released, it seems A24 isn’t afraid to take a chance on something out of the norm… and we’re all the better for it.
Much in the same way that Pulp Fiction captured its audience by being surprisingly and overwhelmingly unconventional, Free Fire does that same thing. If people are telling you to see this film, as I am now, listen to them.
It’s a fun movie with characters that are so well defined they it grabs you right away and you never once want them to let you go… and they don’t. The acting is unbelievable. The talent who worked from this uncommonly witty script was perfectly cast, never dropping character or ever releasing you from the story they’ve pulled you into until the credits roll.
Sharlto Copley and his group play gunrunners selling guns on the black market. He is almost the singular reason to watch this film. His Vern is the epitome of the word coward yet he hides behind a thin veneer of self-possessed hooligan that anyone can see straight through. On this night, they are selling guns to an IRA buyer by the name of Chris (Murphy) and his group. They are led into an old warehouse to meet Vern by a well-dressed, slick talker named Ord (Hammer) who sets the rules for the meeting. Not long into the meeting… something goes wrong. Once this happens, the film becomes a free-for-all where ridiculously hilarious words are exchanged as the two groups begin to also fire at one another.
Not wanting to reveal too much of the plot to encourage your interest in seeing this than there needs to be, I will say that if comedy plus action is your thing then there’s no way you can go wrong by giving this movie your full and immediate attention at the theatre today. Armie Hammer is outstanding handling the dialogue with his brand of dry humor. Brie Larson, the only woman in the cast (and don’t think that isn’t addressed) who tries her best to calm the situation, gives the film that ladylike touch of femininity only a brave yet tender woman can bring. I don’t have the space to tell you about everyone else. There isn’t one character who’ll disappoint.
I can’t say enough about Free Fall and I do realize that I’ve barely said a thing but you’ll have to trust me on this one… this is insanely funny! It’s a powerfully strong comedy that centers around an epic shootout where the characters screaming insults back and forth escalate the situation to the point of being barbaric. It’s genius. There are so many erratic, off the wall moments in this film that you’ll be turning around planning on seeing it a second time so that you can catch all the ones you missed. Well done Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump for this magnificent movie.