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Ben Wheatley's Reservoir Dogs but with a British tone creating a very enjoyable 70s action comedy.
Set in an abandoned warehouse in the 70s, two gangs meet for a gun deal, but when tensions rise and things go south, both groups start an all out gun war on each other until the last person standing. As well as a well executed action film, Free Fire is full of laughs and an non-stop fun ride to the ultimate Mexican standoff.
For a full hour and half we watch these two groups of mixed race characters battle it out, from Sharlto Coplay' hilarious line delivering South African nostalgic suit wearer, to the very well fitted in solitary female lead Brie Larson as the mysterious nice girl. A brilliant mix and spectacular ensemble cast also featuring Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphey, Jack Reynor, and Michael Smiley, Weatley has brought together a brilliant iconic selection of cast members to work sensationally together as they fire bullets at each other. As well as masterful dialogue being dropped throughout the film, its the physical performance of every actor dragging themselves among the set that is impressive, the more bullets fired the more injuries the harder it gets to walk.
What I would like to call a British Reservoir Dogs, Free Fire has the insane bloody violence that you may expect from a Tarantino film mixed with innocent humour, really taking the name of black comedy very strongly. The action and laughs never stop coming. What Weatley and his partner Amy Jump have very interestingly done is highlight the pain and injury that would be cause in your daily life that draws the audiences attention. While countless shells of lead are fired every second, when every now and then a character gets a splinter, its shock horror.
While your absorbed in the constant loud gun violence, there's so much more cinematic work in the background. Laurie Rose's camera performance has a magnificent way of creating a grounded circumference of the single location and heightened at the level of the characters. Combined with the incredible put together gun shot noise, you really have a sense of being in the room with them and you have an intense atmosphere knowing and not knowing where they are shooting from. With a great soundtrack mainly consisting of John Denver's "Annie's Song" produces a remarkable lasting memory of the film.
People looking for a fully developed film may not get this as Free Fire primarily focus on its slapstick traditional violent style with a very under developed story but that's not really the point.
Free Fire is a great piece of comedy and action alike, with a magnificent ensemble performance contained in pure enjoyment and amusement. 8.3
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