Movie Review: FREE FIRE
Star Rating (out of five): ***
FREE FIRE is… well, to be honest I’m not really sure how to classify this movie. I guess you can say a stylistic action comedy film. It’s about two groups shooting at each other in one warehouse. The reasons are stupidly complex but they don’t matter. This movie is ultimately trying to give you a fun, exciting time. Does it succeed?
The production design boasts an impressive sense of style, as do the soundtrack & cinematography. FREE FIRE’s plot and script have certain pulls from Tarantino, Edgar Wright, and Scorsese, who co-produced. The movie is entertaining for most of the time, thanks to strong dialog and performances.
Several failed attempts at character arcs really get in the way of the enjoyment. The movie wears itself out and overall fails at being what it should’ve been – because what’s missing here is at least one really impressive transformation of the kind that makes movies last.
FREE FIRE is a strange movie. It has its entertaining moments, but they’re often outweighed by the uncertainty of what the filmmakers are after.