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Brie Larson and Armie Hammer headline this misfire action pic.
Is it worth $10? No
In the history of movies, I don’t think more characters have survived more gun shot wounds than as seen in “Free Fire.” Bullets connect with various body parts, yet for the longest time, no one dies. You would think professional gunrunners would have better aim. It’s truly remarkable that most of the characters are still around at the end of the film; one guy doesn’t even die from bullet wounds even though he’s been shot multiple times.
Reality clearly wasn’t the impulse behind the creation of “Free Fire,” though in hindsight one wonders what compelled Martin Scorsese to sign on as an executive producer. In that role he’s responsible to oversee the production and ensure it’s completed on time, on budget, etc. He also has creative input, but creatively there’s not much here. A bunch of thugs in a warehouse shooting each other – that’s the movie. What Scorsese contributed and/or thought he could bring is anyone’s guess.
On top of all that, it’s also not as funny as it could be. Hammer and Copley get a few good one-liners in, but the black comedy is lacking comedy. If this is intended to be a satire of our gun-crazed present day, and/or of ridiculous action movies, it fails. The only thing one can really glean from “Free Fire” is that a person can be shot multiple times and still live for at least a few hours. Good to know. Didn’t need a movie to learn that, though.
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From imdb.com: Armie Hammer said that police appeared on set during the second day of shooting following calls of concern from members of the public in nearby shops having heard gun shots.