FREE FIRE Unloads Half A Clip – Blu-ray Review
Free Fire takes place in an abandoned warehouse and focuses on a gun sale gone wrong. It is one of those movies that did not get a large theatrical release, but that is not surprising for a film directed by Ben Wheatley. He directed one of my favorite mind-fuck films, Kill List. He also directed Sightseers and High Rise. I loved Sightseers and have yet to see High Rise despite hearing good things. All of his films have not had major studio backing. Free Fire is his widest release to date.
Each of Wheatley’s films are unique and have left me thinking for days after watching them. Free Fire is no exception. I have been replaying some of the scenes in my head trying to analyze them over and over to see if there was anything I missed. This is a result of the basically non-existent character development. The good news is that we do not need to know much about their motivation like a typical film because their motivation is very clear and that is to stay alive.
The film stars Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Enzo Cilenti, Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer. None of the performances are groundbreaking, but I never felt as though any of them were phoning it in. I am a fan of Larson, Murphy, and Hammer. Larson continues to take on a nice variety of roles since her breakout role in Room. I am still waiting on Hammer to become a Hollywood megastar. It is a shame The Lone Ranger did not do as well as the studio had hoped.
I thought the action and violence escalated at a nice pace with things really ramping up in the final act of the film. As usual with any film with a lot of gunplay I found it funny that the bullet seemed to be never ending. At least we see the characters reloading and having to switch weapons after finally running out of bullets! The film seems rather short at 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The Blu-ray looks and sounds great. Unfortunately there are only two special features for the film. The audio commentary by Wheatley was the best part of the disc. I would recommend renting the movie instead of buying it unless you own all of Wheatley’s films on disc.
Keep reading to check out the official synopsis and press release.
Official Press Release:
The bold action thriller, Free Fire, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD July 18 from Lionsgate. Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival, Free Fire is executive produced by Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese (Best Director, The Departed, 2006) and is directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Kill List). The film, “a cult classic in the making” (The Film Stage) features an all-star cast including Sharlto Copley (District 9), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Oscar® winner Brie Larson (Best Actress, Room, 2015), Golden Globe® nominee Cillian Murphy (Best Actor – Musical or Comedy, Breakfast on Pluto, 2006), and Jack Reynor (Sing Street).
Free Fire is an electrifying action-thriller about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Set in 1970s Boston, the film opens with Justine (Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Hammer) arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris (Murphy) and shifty South African gunrunner Vernon (Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on battle royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves.
Featuring all-new bonus content, including an audio commentary with co-writer/director Ben Wheatley and a featurette looking at the making of the film, and the cast that brought it to life, Free Fire will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Ben Wheatley
- “The Making of Free Fire” Featurette
Free Fire arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on July 18.