Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia we had the chance to see ‘Free Fire’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
“Free Fire” definitely packs a punch! Its witty dialogue, fun, original premise as well as its endless comedy, makes for an engaging and unique viewing experience.
Directed by Ben Wheatley, “Free Fire” is set in the 1970s and centres around an arms deal in an abandoned warehouse. After an altercation between the buyers (actors Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy among them) and sellers (Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer) a full fledged gun fight erupts. And this gun fight continues for the remaining of the film.
“Free Fire’s” use of a confined space and “real time” immerses the audience into the gun fuelled and highly farcical situation, successfully creating tension and a sense of urgency. As the characters spend the majority of the film crawling for cover (due to the bullet wounds they have endured) the films clever use of camera techniques, editing and well choreographed action sequences are a marvel to watch!
“Free Fire” aims to satirize gun violence and the crime film genre. The film employs the done to death rock anthems of the 70s (a convention of the crime genre it seems…originated by Scorsese). Although, in the opening credits this rock music is successful in creating a false assumption to the audience of the film’s “crime/gangster” premise…The excessive amount of violence coupled with slapstick comedy heightens and becomes more farcical as the film progresses. As all the characters have received multiple gun wounds and are firing gun shots left, right and centre a character exclaims “I forgot whose side I’m on”.
“Free Fire” has an original and clever idea, although it isn’t enough to sustain the film. After the initial shock and excitement of the shoot out sequence (about 30 mins in) I found myself used to the violence and gun play. The film becomes extremely repetitive and doesn’t build beyond its initial action sequence. “Free Fire” has great actors, Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Brie Larson (Room, Kong) are the stand outs! The film definitely has some funny and clever action scenes and snappy dialogue but these aren’t enough to uphold the film.
“Free Fire” uses farce to exemplify its message of society’s dependency on violence and how people have become desensitised to it. Although not without its faults, “Free Fire” is defiantly worth a watch due to its original plot, comedy and satirical take on the “crime genre”.
Free Fire in cinemas 27th April