Free Fire is a British action-comedy starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Jack Reynor. Directed by Ben Wheatley with the support of Executive Producer and film-making legend Martin Scorsese, this is Notable Life’s review of Free Fire by Jay Khandke.
Free Fire is set in 1970’s Boston and centres on a meeting between two gangs in an abandoned warehouse. What should have been a relatively straight-forward exchange of cash for guns very quickly digresses into a tense (and comedic) battle for survival.
At first glance, Free Fire is a convincing caricature of what is may have been: a conventional story about a dirty arms deal facilitated by a charming mediator. Instead, the Free Fire arms buyers are scrupulous, distrustful gangsters and the sellers happen to be egotistical maniacs, and the result is pure mayhem.
Watching Free Fire is like being on a roller-coaster. It’s an irreconcilable downward spiral of mayhem that the narrative explores through action and comedy.
Guns, cash and egos are Free Fire’s main themes. What could possibly go wrong? I lost count of the number of bullets that were fired to amplify the anarchy that had quickly taken over the film’s setting, a warehouse of clinical dysfunction.
I thoroughly enjoyed the “controlled” chaos in Free Fire, thanks to the fantastic direction and screenplay. The cinematography framed both cramped and open spaces in the warehouse to make me feel like I was amongst the ill-fated characters. Watching Free Fire, I was in a state of bemusement underscored by a suspenseful sense of intrigue.
I flip-flopped between laughing at the honest absurdity and incorrigible nature of certain characters, and waiting in suspense for what was going to happen next. I couldn’t determine for sure who the good guys were, and if there were any to begin with. The uncertainty was actually gratifying when compared to films where there is no room for interpretation.
The ambiguity and restlessness in Free Fire managed had me hooked throughout and I didn’t really care which characters were good or bad, I just wanted to see how it was going to end.
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