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Free Fire (2016)

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Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shoot-out and a game of survival.

Director:

Ben Wheatley

Writers:

Amy Jump (screenplay by), Ben Wheatley (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Enzo Cilenti ... Bernie
Sam Riley ... Stevo
Michael Smiley ... Frank
Brie Larson ... Justine
Cillian Murphy ... Chris
Armie Hammer ... Ord
Sharlto Copley ... Vernon
Babou Ceesay ... Martin
Noah Taylor ... Gordon
Jack Reynor ... Harry
Mark Monero ... Jimmy
Patrick Bergin ... Howie
Sara Dee ... Telephone Sales Voice (voice)
Tom Davis ... Leary
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Storyline

Stevo (Sam Riley) and Bernie (Enzo Cilenti) are driving to meet two IRA members, Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley). On the way, Stevo tells Bernie that he was beaten up the previous day by the cousin of a woman he abused. The group meet outside a Boston warehouse, where they wait with intermediary Justine (Brie Larson). A representative arrives, Ord (Armie Hammer), who leads them inside. The group is there to buy guns from arms dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and his associates, Martin (Babou Ceesay), Harry (Jack Reynor) and Gordon (Noah Taylor). Despite tensions between the two groups and the fact that Vernon supplied the wrong weapons, Chris' group secure the weapons in a van and hand over the money in a briefcase..

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All guns. No control.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Wheatley described games such as Counter Strike as a source of inspiration for the film. See more »

Goofs

The idea that the Chris' own ammo, which he brought to use trying out the M-16's he ordered, wouldn't work in the SC-70's that Vernon delivered is false. Both rifles are chambered in the same 5.56x45mm NATO round, and also fire .223 Remington, so any such ammo Chris might have brought would work in either rifle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bernie: [honking at the car in the front] Move your fat ass!
Stevo: Shut the fuck up, Bernie! My fucking head is about to explode here.
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Connections

Featured in Projector: Free Fire (2017) See more »

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Free Firing Gunshot Solo
Performed by Free Fire Cast
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Slightly above average, but boring, boring, boring
22 April 2017 | by muneeb658See all my reviews

I have never written a review on IMDb, but I decided to because I was so annoyed while watching this movie last night after reading the featured glowing user review.

I don't need a fantastic action movie to make me happy. I just need a good movie. Drama, thriller, comedy, action, you name it: so long as it's good.

This movie is only slightly above average. It failed to make me care about any of the characters, and I'd probably need two hands to count the number of times I sat in the theater thinking to myself "pick up the pace!", "Hurry up!", "oh, they missed AGAIN?", and "WHEN is something going to HAPPEN?"

I honestly went in quite excited for a quirky, norm-defying flick based around the interactions of several characters. You have a star- studded cast: Cilian Murphy, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley; it will be DECENT at least, right?

No. The characters have no depth. The actors play their characters well, but it doesn't feel like these are people that could actually exist. It just feels like you're looking at a drawing an artist put together of imaginary characters, who only exist on that paper. Most of the time the characters simply yell at each other from different positions in the room and then fire shots that fail to hit anything from their seemingly endless reserves of ammo. If they're gun dealers/criminals, why can't they shoot? Why do they fire with wild abandon instead of aiming?

Even the setup for the situation is illogical, which is another thing that irritated me. No one can accomplish anything unless it serves the plot. Everyone can fire bullets everywhere BUT their target, until it serves the plot. It's exasperating.

If you're a fan of movies which are paced far too slow, leave obvious logical holes in order to advance the plot, have exasperatingly stupid and drawn-out gunfights, and leave you feeling unfulfilled, irritated, and wondering why you wasted 90 minutes of your time when you could have been watching something better, this is the movie for you. If not, then avoid it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Fire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$994,431, 23 April 2017

Gross USA:

$1,799,312

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,719,383
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Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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