Movie Review: Free Fire

Score: 9/10

If you want to see a funny movie this weekend, go and watch ‘Free Fire,’ a movie by Ben Wheatley.

The story is rather simple. It’s 1978 and a few dodgy characters  (with links to the IRA) meet some other dodgy characters to do a dodgy arms deal. Circumstances have it that one guy from the one party met up with another guy from the other party in a rather unfriendly setting the night before and as soon as this is brought to the light, things go south. Fast.


Most of the ninety minutes takes place in one location and in ‘real time.’ There isn’t one moment that doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat, which I think is a real accomplishment by Amy Jump (co-writer) and Wheatley.

The story is not for the faint hearted. There is a lot of cussing and ‘more blood on the floor than in a sausage factory.’ I liken the movie to a classic Tarantino one, but with more one liners and funny scenes. You can hardly keep up with the one liners and I’d love to watch the movie again just to make sure I didn’t miss any.

Sharlto Copley (from ‘Chappie, ‘Elysium,’ and ‘District 9’) plays Vernon and is cast perfectly for the role of the arms dealer and his South-African accent adds to his funny lines. All the other characters (Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, and Noah Taylor) are also perfectly chosen for their roles and make for a realistic group of dodgy characters. Armie Hammer in the role of Ord is one to watch as he gives Vernon good competition in bringing out the laughs.

There isn’t much more I can say about the movie without giving anything away. Just go and watch it!

Author: Jacky Dahlhaus

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Free Fire”

  1. What makes another shooter gangsta movie so memorable apart from the hordes of others? First, I was absolutely convinced that this was a period film resurrected from the past (’70s); they were that convincing with props, sets, costumes, makeup (especially hair), dialogue. Was I fooled! It was made around 2016. Second, it was absolutely comically farcical in that the seemingly endless ammunition (quantity often missed/unintentional in film) was purposefully scripted, and the ensuing shooting carnage was a torrent of misses and near misses. You were sure to wonder to yourself – could they hit the broadside of anything large. Third, the instigation to this carnage itself was just as bizarre, and you could see it coming. Often one FF through endless shootouts, but I found myself wondering – hit or not hit; survive or not survive. Fourth, endings are often confusing, non-existent, interpretive, or pablum. This one had an appropriately satisfying note to it.

    1. Hi Fireman, thank you for your elaborate comment. Yes, I think the costume designer and hair designer did a very good job in this movie. I’m not an expert on firearms, but I do find myself wondering during certain movies ‘are they still firing the same gun without reloading?’ LOL! I really liked this movie because yes, the ending was appropriately satisfying 🙂

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