Movie Review: Free Fire

Free Fire is the perfect movie to kick-off the Summer blockbuster season. It is action packed, slightly ridiculous and funny as hell. It is also fun to watch a movie that is more than making a statement about the absurd use of gun violence in modern media and entertainment. Don’t get me wrong, the statement doesn’t spoil the insane, entertaining ride that is Free Fire.

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Set in a colorful yet gritty 1970s Boston, Free Fire opens with Justine, a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord  arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris and shifty South African gun runner Vernon. 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. via A24

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When I first saw the premise of Free Fire I thought, ‘there is no way they are going to pull off a movie with such a limited cast in one location’. I was, in fact, proven wrong. This isn’t the best film and it isn’t without flaws, but it is set up perfectly to become a cult classic. I also went in concerned that there was only on female character, but, y’all, even with a relatively small part, Brie Larson owns this movie. Between her stellar performance and the performances of her co-stars, you never question that Justine is a bad-ass.

Honestly, I really recommend checking out Free Fire. Again, not the best movie ever made, but definitely a great summer block-buster. It’s smart, well-written and exciting. Also, who doesn’t love a film that tongue and cheek makes fun of our stupid gun obsession.


Reason to See:

The sheer fact that they were able to shoot a film in the same location with a small cast and tell a complete story that is exciting and interesting is reason enough to see it.

Reason to Skip:

Lots of violence and language. You know if those aren’t your thing and if they aren’t, then skip it.

Is Free Fire Worth Spending The Price of a Ticket?

I think so.



Tipsy Recommendation:

A strong, stiff drink. Perhaps more than one.


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