Free Fire is a one dimensional film with a great cast. It all takes place during one evening and for the most part it consists of people shooting at eachother for 85 minutes. There is a dash of humor, which at times feels out of place. That becomes the core of the film, violence and misplaced humor. They are calling it a comedy-thriller and it’s really neither. On a random evening in nineteen seventy something Boston, a group of oddball characters are attempting to complete an arms deal. Suddenly the transaction starts to unravel for some unexpected reasons and then it all goes horribly wrong. Certainly Free Fire could easily be granted the honor of being the most long and annoying shootout in the history of film. This is like a Quentin Tarantino scene from one of his films that was turned into an entire movie. The cast almost saves this little film. Oscar winner Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy bring enough screen presence to make this offering watchable, but in the end it’s not enough. I get the joke but it’s not that funny or creative and it was not worth all of this effort.
Bottom Line: Free Fire is a shoot em up one trick pony that takes place in one evening in an abandoned warehouse. I can’t recommend this one. It’s average at best.
MovieMark Grade: C