“ Free Fire: All guns. No control. ”
Free Fire is coming to theaters in a few weeks, but we already got an insight into the critics’ thoughts. The movie is directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise), starring the Oscar winner Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy.
The movie is set to open April 21, 2017 and expected to gross $8 Million at the domestic Box Office in the opening weekend.
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Here are the critics’ thoughts:
Consequence of Sound – Sarah Kurchak
Free Fire might be a trifle of a quippy, feature-length shootout, but it’s the best damned trifle of a quippy, feature-length shootout you’ll ever see.
The Film Stage – Jared Mobarak
A surefire cult classic in the making, its unhinged carnage proves a memorable delight. It may not be original, but it’s an adrenaline shot I sorely craved.
Indiewire – Eric Kohn
Wheatley’s commitment to crowdpleasing antics makes it difficult to stop and consider the lack of depth. In a universe of shootout clichés, Free Fire manages to carve out its own niche, where the proverbial last man standing matters less than the journey to get him there.
Total Film – James Mottram
Loud, ripe, violent, bloody and blackly funny, Free Fire cocks its gun right in your face. See it – and bring earplugs.
Time Out London – Tom Huddleston
It doesn’t entirely hold together; the relentless din and repetition flips from thrilling to exhausting and back again more than once. But in those moments when everything clicks…this is absolutely joyous.
The Telegraph – Robbie Collin
Far more than his previous films, which tend to unfold in a dream-like daze, Free Fire is a mad contraption, bristling with bravado and black, sardonic wit.
Empire – Helen O’Hara
Wheatley continues an unbroken run of quality, helped by a great cast and a startlingly effective premise. This is seriously cool, stuffed with great dialogue and riddled with bullets.
Screen International – Wendy Ide
It’s a bruisingly effective piece of entertainment carried by comedy, which hits its targets rather more successfully than the wildly strafing bullets.
Variety – Peter Debruge
The fact that they could all lay down their weapons and finish the deal heightens Wheatley’s generally irreverent approach, all of which serves to remind that guns don’t kill people; insecure, overcompensating idiots do.
The Playlist – Kevin Jagernauth
With “Free Fire,” Wheatley wants to push his own limits of onscreen mayhem, taking things right to the line where most directors would pull back, and pushing everything right over. And what the director winds up doing is making a big, magnificent noise, one that will certainly see more than his core fanbase sitting up and paying attention.
CineVue – Ben Nicholson
It might seem unlikely that something so narratively simplistic and ultimately childish could sustain its runtime but the chaos and comedy of the haphazard gunplay is such that it only suffers from a handful of lulls.
The Hollywood Reporter – Stephen Dalton
Wheatley’s riotous Looney Tunes action comedy is a sporadically amusing assault on the senses, but it looks like it was more fun to make than to watch.
Time Out New York – Joshua Rothkopf
A too-pleased-with-itself action comedy.
The Guardian – Benjamin Lee
There’s something lacking, a touch of the bizarre or the perverse, with just one particularly nasty death to serve as a reminder that you’re watching a Ben Wheatley film.
ScreenCrush – Matt Singer
There’s a decent amount of craft on display, along with a filmmaker of genuine chutzpah. Throw just a little restraint into the mix, and you might really have something.
Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
- Director: Ben Wheatley
Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley, Sharlto Copley, Noah Taylor, Sam Riley, Enzo Cilenti, Patrick Bergin
- Genres: Action, Drama, Crime
- Rating: R
- Runtime: 91min
- Release date: April 21, 2017