FREE FIRE – Rated R – 1 hr. 30 mins.

Starring Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley, Enzo Cilenti, Michael Smiley, Babou Ceesay, Noah Taylor and Jack Reynor

Written & Directed by Englishman Ben Wheatley (Executive Produced by film legend Martin Scorsese too) and set in 1970’s Boston, we meet a group of arms wranglers comprised of powerbroker Justine (Academy Award winner Brie Larson), Frank (Michael Smiley) Chris (Cillian Murphy), plus Franks super dumbass nephew Stevo (Sam Riley) and his unstable friend Bernie (Enzo Cilenti).

And what better place to make-a-deal on the much needed firearms than at a vacant warehouse, where South African born lead dealer Vern (Sharlto Copley), his side kick Martin (Babou Ceesay), body-guard Ord (Armie Hammer), friend Gordon (Noah Taylor) and John Denver loving and van driving Harry (Jack Reynor) are in place, and ready to make the exchange, and dash…

Seems pretty simple right? One group wants guns; the other group has the guns…make the exchange of guns for cash and everyone heads home, right?? Not exactly, as it seems that Harry and Stevo had a minor altercation just the night before, which reignites into a frenzy of epic proportions once they are in the same place, at the same time! And to make matters worse, it seems that both sides in this equation don’t trust the other side, and apparently they aren’t too fond and trusting of one another either…Sooooooo, once the gunfight ignites between everyone involved, one question remains… Will anyone make it out of this warehouse alive, and if they do…who will ultimately be the LAST MAN STANDING???

I give FREE FIRE a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD.   If you want to experience 90 minutes of raw action, (yep, that’s right, this film is 90 minutes of non-stop gun fighting) amidst a barrage of some extraordinarily funny lines, and better than average acting along the way too, then by all means, head out to a theater near you this weekend to catch Wheatley’s latest film in big, cinematic fashion. But, if you aren’t intrigued by the synopsis I just gave, and don’t enjoy gunfights that last longer than any “back in the day” western I can ever remember, then you might want to wait and catch the performances of Hammer, Larson, Murphy, Copley and the rest the gang when this film hits on DVD. Just mark my words; Wheatley has managed to create an unconventional little film that will most certainly end up as a cult classic, regardless of how you decide to view it for the very first time!!

Kathy Kaiser

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