Free Fire Review: When Arms Dealing Ends in a Brutal Gunfight

If you love 70’s British action comedy, Free Fire could be a good movie choice to spend your weekend with. Set in Boston in 1978, the movie starts with Stevo (Sam Riley) and Bernie (Enzo Cilenti) driving to an old warehouse to meet two IRA members, Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley). On the way, Stevo tells Bernie that he was beaten up the previous day by the cousin of a woman he abused at a bar.

At the warehouse, they meet intermediary Justine (Brie Larson) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who lead them inside. The group is there to buy guns from arms dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and his associates, Martin (Babou Ceesay), Harry (Jack Reynor), and Gordon (Noah Taylor).

The transaction was going well until Stevo realizes that Harry is the guy who beat him up the day before. This is where the conflict starts. Harry fails to hold his anger and a fight is inevitable. The other guys try to stop them but to no avail. 

Refusing to apologize, Stevo’s arrogance just makes everything worse. Harry shoots him and everyone goes berserk. They begin shooting at each other. What started as a personal matter has now expanded to a brutal gang fight.

Everyone tries to save themselves and steal the money briefcase. This money was supposedly handed by Chris to Vernon to pay for the guns. The unexpected firefight made both groups split off and struggle for the money for their own.

How will this gun fight end? Can anyone survive from this merciless tragedy?

Tarantino-style black comedy

Free Fire is a new entry for black action comedy genre in Hollywood this year. This movie might remind you of Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 Reservoir Dogs, which also took place in a warehouse. Some critics even suggest that Free Fire is a “Tarantino wannabe.”

Both of these movies undeniably resembles a brilliant, quick-witted action full of swear words. Not to mention ridiculous jokes that make you go “what the hell!” on every punchline.

Amazingly, Free Fire manages to exceed our expectations. Its intense script, matched with a fascinating choreography, makes this action-packed chaos exceptional. 70’s ballad songs add a playful, dramatic touch. Yes, this movie has indeed received positive reviews from movie critics. While presenting a ruthless action drama, Free Fire also successfully delivers witty gangster comedy that will make you laugh your ass off. Moreover, Oscar winner Brie Larson’s performance will keep you impressed. If you enjoy blood-soaking violent scenes, Free Fire is surely the movie for you.

Review courtesy – BookMyShow Indonesia Blog. Read reviews of latest films and a whole lot more here

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