Free Fire

Movie:  Free Fire

Rating:  3 1/2 stars (Out of 5)

Review:   It’s Boston in 1978, and a group of people with ties to the IRA have a suitcase full of money that they want to swap for automatic assault rifles.  They have arranged to meet another group of people who have said rifles, and have agreed to sell them.  They meet in an empty warehouse to cautiously make the transaction.  After a brief hiccup where there is a discussion about the specific weapons that were ordered, M-16s or AR-17s, the deal appears to be concluded to everyone’s satisfaction.  But, there may be a fly or two in the ointment, so to speak.  Maybe someone in one of the groups did a bad thing with a relative in the other group.  Or maybe there is too much money in that suitcase to just let it go out the door.  Avarice, anger, and weapons make a dangerous brew.  Almost anything could set off an explosion of violence, and that warehouse could become a … Free Fire Zone.

This is a quirky movie produced by Martin Scorcese that teeters between an ultra violent movie and a very dark comedy.  The plot is simplistic enough, and the action is oddly compelling as what starts out as a simple weapons sale descends into one of the longest shootouts in cinematic history.  A low budget film with some quality actors having a bit of fun in different roles than we generally see them, including Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy.  This film is definitely worth a look before it gets squeezed out of theaters by the summer blockbusters (yes, I am thinking about you Fast And Furious).

Mini Trailers:  Two low lifes – “Got any headache pills?”  “I got smack.”  “Talk about using a f*cking hammer to crack a nut!”

Weapon Dealer – “They are going to bring the guns in, put them right here, and tweedle dee and tweedle dum can load them into your little clown car.”

Another low life – “As God is my witness I did not bottle that slut!”

Confused criminal – “Who the f*ck is shooting at us now?”

Curious criminal – “Did you cheaters bring a sniper?”

Bad girl – “We can’t all be nice girls.”

Seemed Odd To Me:  T’was a bit strange to me that everyone had more extra ammo to reload their weapons than the 101st had at the battle of Bastogne.  But hey, just nitpicking….



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