Movie Review: ‘Free Fire’ Is A Kick-Ass Shoot ‘Em Up Fun Time

Review by Preston Barta at SXSW

I am a fan of minimalist storytelling (e.g., Mad Max: Fury Road). Some films are so busy throwing nonsense at audiences that they forget sometimes a movie doesn’t need a complex plot to dazzle viewers.

A24, the studio behind such films as Moonlight and Ex Machina, is back to prove once again just how awesome they are selecting material that’s one of a kind.

The story for Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire is simple: Two groups of criminals meet in a warehouse to negotiate a weapons purchase … and all goes south in a Reservoir Dogs-fashion. It stars Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and District 9’s Sharlto Copley as the trigger-happy thugs.

Free Fire is a lean, kick-ass shoot ’em up, loaded with perfect one-liners and money shots — with each one being more killer than the last. It’s hard to believe that a movie that takes place in one location could be so much fun, but Wheatley pulls it off with such grace. The characters are rich and have their time to shine, making it all the more intense when it comes to who lives and who dies. It’s difficult to decide whom to root for — that’s when you know it’s good.

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