Free Fire - 2017
Directed and co-written by Ben Wheatley (2015's High Rise), bringing once again a stylized violent movie to the big screen, Free Fire stars a laundry list of great actors lead by Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy. The story couldn't be more simple: gun deal gone south and a fire fight breaks out.
I’m going to be upfront, I liked the movie but it dragged towards the end. Let's talk the positives first.
Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley stole this movie from the rest of the cast. Both are hilarious in completely different ways. Hammer is cocky and confident. He never runs out of quips and comebacks, despite being in the middle of a firefight. Hammer has never impressed me in the past. He was serviceable in both The Social Network and Nocturnal Animals, but he showed me something new in this film. Hopefully this sparks a great run for him and I look forward to his other indie film of this year, Call Me by Your Name.
Copley on the other hand is the boss everyone thinks is incompetent, but his ego doesn't let him see the truth. It's been a while since I completely bought into a character as quickly as I did with Copley's. I have been a huge fan of Copley ever since his break-out role in District 9. Since then, whenever I see his name in the credits, I know I will enjoy his performance. There is something really unique about his line delivery and facial expressions that elevate any material he touches.
The rest of the cast is solid and memorable. Wheatley created a good balance of screen time for his oversized cast, never focusing on a character for too long. We switch from character to character, as the camera tries to keep track of the new bullet wound suffered in this never-ending battle. I enjoyed the camera work employed in this film, keeping the action in frame, never loosing me in the process.
The score for the movie is upbeat and fun. Mixing in 70's rock classics and their own score kept the tone of the movie consistent throughout. If you enjoy John Denver music, this is the film for you. There is a piece of score, that is weirdly reminiscing of a Looney Tunes cartoon, and I mean that as a complement.
Sadly, despite of all the positive I found in this movie, I felt the running time weighing down my experience. You can only see people shooting and crawling through the floor for so long before you desire something to break the monotony. It got to a point where I honestly didn’t care who came out on top, as long as they walked out instead of crawled out.
Free Fire is not a bad movie, it's a little disappointing since I had high hopes for it. The movie has great bones, it's just missing some meat to it that helps the audience throughout the entire running time. But, Sharlto Copley is why I love movies.
Free Fire is currently playing in theaters, I recommend waiting to rent it at home
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