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Free Fire

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United Kingdom
·
2017

Rated R · 1h 30m

Director Ben Wheatley
Starring Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy
Genre Action, Crime, Mystery
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Justine and her colleagues show up to a warehouse to buy black-market guns, and she quickly finds herself caught in the crossfire as the arms deal devolves into a gun fight.

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60

CineVue by Ben Nicholson

It might seem unlikely that something so narratively simplistic and ultimately childish could sustain its runtime but the chaos and comedy of the haphazard gunplay is such that it only suffers from a handful of lulls.
40

The Guardian by Benjamin Lee

There’s something lacking, a touch of the bizarre or the perverse, with just one particularly nasty death to serve as a reminder that you’re watching a Ben Wheatley film.
83

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Wheatley’s commitment to crowdpleasing antics makes it difficult to stop and consider the lack of depth. In a universe of shootout clichés, Free Fire manages to carve out its own niche, where the proverbial last man standing matters less than the journey to get him there.
83

The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

A surefire cult classic in the making, its unhinged carnage proves a memorable delight. It may not be original, but it’s an adrenaline shot I sorely craved.
75

The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

With “Free Fire,” Wheatley wants to push his own limits of onscreen mayhem, taking things right to the line where most directors would pull back, and pushing everything right over. And what the director winds up doing is making a big, magnificent noise, one that will certainly see more than his core fanbase sitting up and paying attention.
40

ScreenCrush by Matt Singer

There’s a decent amount of craft on display, along with a filmmaker of genuine chutzpah. Throw just a little restraint into the mix, and you might really have something.
80

Variety by Peter Debruge

The fact that they could all lay down their weapons and finish the deal heightens Wheatley’s generally irreverent approach, all of which serves to remind that guns don’t kill people; insecure, overcompensating idiots do.
83

Consequence of Sound by Sarah Kurchak

Free Fire might be a trifle of a quippy, feature-length shootout, but it’s the best damned trifle of a quippy, feature-length shootout you’ll ever see.
80

Screen International by Wendy Ide

It’s a bruisingly effective piece of entertainment carried by comedy, which hits its targets rather more successfully than the wildly strafing bullets.

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