Free Fire

Free Fire

DVD - 2017
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In a colorful yet gritty 1970s Boston, Justine, a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord arrange 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.
Publisher: [United States] :, Elevation Pictures,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE FRE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (90 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches


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Jan 29, 2018

Forgettable bloodbath, with a good preview.

Jan 26, 2018

From the preview, I gathered that Free Fire was a dark-comedy/action piece ... but IMO all it amounted to was an amusing 70s period flashback (for what I remember of the 70s) with a vague story, a confusing 60+minute shootout with guns that barely needed reloading and had an endless supply of ammo, all atop a little bit of character development. Quentin Tarantino probably had a ball watching this for the 70s-camp setting and because it was bad in ways that his films fall short. I've been a Cillian Murphy fan since 28 Days Later -- pretty much, if he's in a film I'll watch it -- which is largely why I picked this up. Additionally I was pleased to find Michael Smiley, but otherwise I don't think I recognized anyone else in this film ... and had it more actors who's work I enjoy maybe this would have been more engaging, and yet Free Fire didn't particularly hold my attention. Conclusion: Meh.

Why make this movie? A 90-minute gun fight where half the time you can't figure out the action to tell what is going on. Both Sharlto Copley, who plays the South African selling assault rifles, and Cillian Murphy, who plays the IRA soldier who thought he was buying machine guns, are good. Everything else is forgettable.

Dec 30, 2017

Surprisingly disappointing. There were exactly 3 scenes which I found to be at least somewhat funny and therefore memorable but otherwise I just glad I didn't spend any money on this completely predictable-from- beginning-to -end caper. Still love Cillian, Armie and Brie, just not in this movie.

Nov 20, 2017

There were a few moments in this film where I thought Samuel Beckett had rewritten "Reservoir Dogs," but with better dialogue and more shooting. A gun deal goes south in a Boston warehouse and a bunch of criminals dressed in 70s clothes have to shoot it out. Almost all of the action takes place in the warehouse and it plays out in real time. These elements add to a somewhat conventional storylline, as does the fine cast and the groovy fashions. Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, and Noah Taylor star. Directed by Ben Wheatley, whose cockeyed take on genre films also includes "Kill List," the Ballard adaptation "High-Rise," and whatever the hell "A Filed in England" was.

Oct 31, 2017

wow, i couldn't agree with the earlier comments more. the shootout was about 50 minutes too long. some character backstory would've been nice, maybe some flashbacks throughout? but nothing. i tend to like characters who act professionally like Ord, (ala Mr. Pink)

last i checked, the library isn't charging us, so it's ok

Oct 14, 2017

The whole movie is an extremely loud, long gun fight. If that's your thing this is your flick.

Oct 14, 2017

This was an ok shoot 'em up- it's a pretty brainless affair- still-it's an entertaining Ben Wheatley film after the painful " High Rise ".

Sep 29, 2017

Promising Reservoir Dogs premise but turns out to a one silly drawn out shoot them up skit that a bunch of everyone for themselves gangsters who made accidental shots so tough that Jack Reacher wouldn't try or missed aimed shots a blind nun wouldn't. Probably less than 30 minutes of worthy footage without the crawling around time ... There were a few funny dialogues but best watched in 1.5X speed or faster.

Sep 07, 2017

Longest & silliest gun fight, takes a bunch to knock off any of `em. Surprise ending, not a bad film but i`m wondering why it was made...

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Sep 29, 2017

It's cold.
-Think this is cold sweetheart? You should try Hollywood in February. Freeze the tits of a bra switch. ...
Only thing a girl needs to stay warm in Los Angeles is a flexible outlook. I'm not talking about your Hollywood. I'm talking about the real Hollywood. Hollywood, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Justine, how are you, doll? As gorgeous as ever. Well, you've put on a bit of weight. Did somebody pin at you?

What did you order?
-We ordered M16s. Ever heard of them? Now this is an AR70. Different weapon. It's not what I ordered. ...
I'm not running a fxcking pizza delivery service. You want the weapons or you don't want the weapons?
You're not FBI? Are you?
- I'm IIFM.
In it for Myself.

I'm sorry you got in the way.
-Hey, who were the shooters?
I'm not good with names.

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