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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 shootout and a game of survival.


Ben Wheatley


Amy Jump (screenplay by), Ben Wheatley (screenplay by)
2,629 ( 232)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


All guns. No control.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Fire: O Tiroteio See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$994,431, 21 April 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,798,472, 12 May 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Frank refers to County Down as being in "Northern Ireland". An Irish republican would not use that term, as it would give recognition to British rule in Ireland. See more »


[first lines]
Bernie: [honking at the car in the front] Move your fat a**!
Stevo: Shut the f**k up, Bernie! My f**king head is about to explode here.
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Featured in Film '72: Episode #45.8 (2016) See more »


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Written by John Denver
Published by BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd., a BMG Company (c) 1974
Used with permission. All rights reserved.
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Performed by John Denver
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Free Fire Review
19 December 2017 | by ben hibburdSee all my reviews

Free Fire is unfortunately Ben Wheatley's first misfire. Whilst the film isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, it does have a-lot of issues. Firstly the overall concept is an interesting idea. A 90 minute shoot-out in a single location sounds like a great idea. And for the first 30-40 minutes the film was highly entertaining. But when a character asks another "how long has it been" you know the film is starting to wear thin.

The film is loaded with an extremely talented cast featuring Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley. They all give boisterous, lively performances but their characters are paper thin. For the type of film this is I didn't need any character background, but a little bit of development and growth would've given the film a little more direction.

One of the biggest issues I had with the film was that it meandered for the majority of the second half. This caused me to lose interest in the film as the overall intensity dropped. Another issue I had was the tone of the film, whilst it does have some good moments of levity, the film played itself far too straight. Going in I has expecting and action film with plenty of moments of dark humour, but that was few and far between. And a-lot of the jokes didn't land for me.

Free Fire was an over-all disappointment made even more-so by the fact I'm a huge fan of Ben Wheatley. In the end Free Fire was an interesting experiment that seemed better in concept rather than in its execution.

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