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Review - Free Fire
Sometimes you don't want to have to think when you watch a movie.

Sometimes you just want to hit play, have some fun and let the bodies fall where they may.

That's where a movie like Free Fire comes in.

Set in 1970s Boston, Free Fire is the story of an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong.  What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on battle royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves.

Intrigued?

I know I was.

What makes Free Fire so much fun is watching A-list actors like Brie Larson and Armie Hammer plying their craft in a decidedly B-movie.  Once the bullets start flying, and lots of them fly, you need a scorecard to keep track of who's dead, wounded or just waiting around to take the next shot.

Free Fire is executive produced by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese (Best Director, The Departed, 2006) and is directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Kill List). The film, “a cult classic in the making” (The Film Stage) features an all-star cast including Sharlto Copley (District 9), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Oscar winner Brie Larson (Best Actress, Room, 2015), Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy (Best Actor – Musical or Comedy, Breakfast on Pluto, 2006), and Jack Reynor (Sing Street).



The spirit of Quentin Tarantino and Reservoir Dogs hangs heavily in the gun smoke of Free Fire and that's a good thing.  There is lots of quality verbal sparring, double dealing and, of course, gun play.  LOTS of gun play.

I enjoyed Free Fire from the opening conversation to the final gunshot.  Fans of the genre would be well advised to seek this one out.  It's a gem.

Free Fire is available now from Lionsgate on Blu-ray and DVD.





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