Free Fire

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If you enjoy an action thriller where absolutely everyone in the movie is shot and most are killed – then check out the movie, Freefire. This story is set in 1978 where a broker named Justine (Brie Larson) sets up a deal for the IRA to meet and buy guns from an arms dealer in a warehouse located in Boston. IRA leader Frank (Michael Smiley) shows up at the warehouse with his business partner, Chris (Cillian Murphy) a bag full of money and a gang ready to fight. In the meantime, a south African arms dealer named Vernon (Sharlto Copley) appears with a van full of guns and his own personal bodyguard, Ord (Armie Hammer) and yes – more gang members. Things are going smoothly and just as the deal is about to be closed a man shouts out to a guy in the other gang, “You bottled my sister!” (I thought I was up on slang from the 70’s but I must admit I have no idea what that means.) Shots ring out and for the next hour, the warehouse is a shooting gallery. Gangsters dive behind different objects in the warehouse, snipers hide in the rafters, people try to escape in the van and through it all it’s funny and so much fun. It’s not the bad language or the violence that makes it so entertaining, it’s the unexpected situations and dialogue. My wife and I both thought it was hilarious when one of the guys screams after being shot and a guy in the other gang makes fun of him by crying like a little girl. Yes, it’s cartoonish violence. I half expected the Roadrunner to go flying past and Wile E. Coyote to fall out of the rafters.) Director Ben Wheatley is the only reason this one-dimensional film kept people from wandering off and that’s because of smart dialogue and colorful characters. Then, just when the story runs out of steam – or bullets – at about an hour and a half, the movie ends. Since it takes place in the 70’s it had great songs by Credence Clearwater Revival and John Denver for the old timers. I’m giving this film with absolutely no depth a B- rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.