Free Fire: LFF Film Review

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Free Fire, the closing film of the 60th London Film Festival, is an absolute gem. I didn’t stop laughing, smiling and thinking “this is awesome” throughout the entire movie.

Brie Larson and Armie Hammer are helping orchestrate an arms trade between two groups – Chris (Cillian Murphy), Stevo (Sam Riley), Frank (Michael Smiley) and co. are looking to buy rifles from Vernon (Sharlto Copley), Martin (Babou Ceesay) and their helper Harry (Jack Reynor). They meet in an abandoned warehouse in 1970s Massachusetts to make the deal but things don’t go to plan and soon all hell breaks loose.

This is such a unique film – a shoot ’em up that takes place in that warehouse in real time throughout the slick 90 minutes run time. The mix of violence, action and comedy is spot on – bullets fly, blood spills, things blow up but there’s always time for a cheeky quip.

It’s such a riot and one vastly entertaining watch. Copley gets a lot of the laughs cos he’s just so barmy but everyone gets a stab at comedy and I was surprised by how funny Hammer was as he’s best known for dramas. It is hilarious and it’s very clever how the action has been designed in a 360 environment – they had to remember where everyone was and where the bullets had been fired. Although no character is fleshed out in a major way, it’s not necessary and this adds to the mystery of who double crossed who etc.

This is a delight to watch and I can’t wait to see it again.

Seen as part of the 60th BFI London Film Festival. Due for release in U.K. cinemas in March 2017. 

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  1. […] London Film Festival closed with the epic Free Fire from Ben Wheatley, which you can read all about here. Sadly, my favourite Brie Larson wasn’t there because she’s so in demand these days and […]

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