I was expecting guns and bullets. And I got guns and bullets. This sums up A24 Film’s “Free Fire,” which hits theaters today. The 70s, Boston-set caper is an arms deal gone wrong. And when I say wrong, it got real.
We start off with a run-of-the-mill arms deal, complete with shady characters. A small hiccup occurs, but things are smoothed over. And just when you think everything will be copasetic, another issue pops off and, well….hence the movie title.
It’s described as “the most epic shootout ever seen on film” and I agree. Just when you think a cease-fire might prevail, there’s a new circumstance thrown into the mix. And remarkably this all took place in a seedy, abandoned warehouse — ripe with places to hide and take a breather to reload or tend to a wound.
But while bullets and expletives are flying (shout-out to the R rating), they manage to sneak some comedy in. Not in a cheesy sort of way, but in a way that’s true to the character whose giving the lines. Pure genius.
If you like gun slinging action, this will definitely entertain you. If not for the action, stay at least for the one liners best delivered by Vernon (Sharlto Copley).
The film also stars Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and Cillian Murphy.