Here’s good news. Rare is it that I can boast about an indie getting a theater release because usually I am either recommending an oldie or a flick that doesn’t get a theater release. WELL GOOD NEWS, FAM, this one is coming to select theaters near you.
I had the unique pleasure of seeing Free Fire at the Toronto International Film Festival at (the only program that matters), Midnight Madness. I had no idea what to expect, but when Shartlo Copley (if it’s not obvious how amazing Sharlto is, go back and check out my post on Hardcore Henry #FeelTheVern) and Brie Larson were on the guest list, I had no sense I’d be disappointed. Aside from those two giants, this movie is filled to the brim with “oh that’s that guy!”s which just adds to the fun. I mean, Armie Hammer is a brute named Ord, yw.
Now I don’t use this lightly, but this movie is 1 part Guy Ritchie film and 10 parts Reservoir Dogs. You heard me. Res-Er-Voir-Dawgs. There’s an important enough thread of a plot holding everything together, but it is ultimately a 90 minute shoot em up panic in a warehouse. While it sounds similar to Dogs, it is completely its own unique film, with a similar ratio of action an gore. Free Fire takes all the shoot em up tropes and combines them with a visually fun period for the sake of costume, vibe, and simplicity and spits out a fun romp you’ll never get bored of.
This is no slasher, but you’ll find yourself cheering for the “kills” as if it was your fourth time through the Jason franchise. I honestly dare you to not have fun.
Great if you liked: Reservoir Dogs, Shoot Em Up, Inglorious Basterds, Rock N Rolla, Snatch, Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels, Hardcore Henry, District 9, Chappie