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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.

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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Fire: O Tiroteio 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)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sara Dee features in Free Fire and all previous Ben Wheatley movies he's directed for cinema release. She plays the telephone voice. See more »

Goofs

Chris complains that he ordered M16s and received AR70s. In fact the assault rifles delivered are the Beretta SC70, which is the rare folding stock version of the AR70. The AR70 and its derivatives are the standard-issue weapon of the Italian armed forces. The problem is that the film is set in 1978, but the AR70 wasn't developed by Beretta until the 1980s. 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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Annie's Song
Written by John Denver
Published by BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd., a BMG Company (c) 1974
Used with permission. All rights reserved.
& Reservoir Media Music (ASCAP)
Performed by John Denver
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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30 April 2017 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

In 1970s Boston a contingent of IRA men schedule a meeting with arms sellers in a derelict factory only to become embroiled in an argument that finishes in a shoot-out

One constantly thinks that director Ben Wheatley is on the brink of great things. With FREE FIRE you might have thought he'd hit the international target. Set in America ( Though amazingly it's shot in Brighton. England ) and classed as a blackly comical thriller in the style of Tarantino you'd have thought it might have done better at the box office but fails slightly on two levels

Firstly Tarantino is a brand name and unless your name is Quentin Tarantino it's a mistake with hindsight to emulate this style of film making because you're just going to slip in to parody. In fact even Tarantino parodies Quentin Tarantino these days with very mediocre results. You want to pitch a film ? Then please don't use the initials QT

!!!! SUGGESTIVE SPOILERS !!!!

Secondly there's very little story at all . I was very surprised as to how soon things kicked off. I was expecting an hour of insults and plot turns involving double cross and triple cross followed by lots of shooting. The reality is more than two thirds of the run time is taken up by the gun battle which intermittently stops for characters to throw insults at one another before reloading again. The fact that so many of the characters get shot multiple times and they continue to shout insults does become both boring too incredible to be taken seriously , so much so that's it's a surprise when anyone is shot dead

That said FREE FIRE isn't really a film to take seriously . You might enjoy with a bag of pop corn and will probably enjoy it more round lads flats with a six pack which might explain why it has underperformed at the box office. One might have also expected more when one of the executive producers is Martin Scorsese


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