Stevo (Sam Riley) and Bernie (Enzo Cilenti) are driving to meet two IRA members, Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley). On the way, Stevo tells Bernie that he was beaten up the previous day by the cousin of a woman he abused. The group meet outside a Boston warehouse, where they wait with intermediary Justine (Brie Larson). A representative arrives, Ord (Armie Hammer), who leads them inside. The group is there to buy guns from arms dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and his associates, Martin (Babou Ceesay), Harry (Jack Reynor) and Gordon (Noah Taylor). Despite tensions between the two groups and the fact that Vernon supplied the wrong weapons, Chris’ group secure the weapons in a van and hand over the money in a briefcase..
User Reviews: Free Fire starts off well. Music is amazing and it gets you excited about the movie, and the dialogue works amazingly well. It’s the perfect kind of dialogue. If you’re an aspiring screenwriter it might make you think oh right, that’s how you’re supposed to do it.
The beginning may feel a bit stretched out, but when s##t hit the fan, I almost started to miss that slow, dialogue-heavy beginning of the movie. Mostly because after that, most of the movie seemed more like just shooting without any kind of actual point to it. It desperately needs something more story driven there.
The entirety reminds me of Reservoir Dogs, but like a weird, simpler version missing the charm Tarantino put in his work – apart from the dialogue of course. The set-up is good, but the story isn’t close to as great as it could be. There’s so much potential that seems to be wasted since it comes to the weird part where the film is mostly shooting and throwing in bits of great dialogue every here and there. It’s hard to keep track of, especially when most of the characters look the same and the names are thrown in there so casually you barely remember three of them. Also the structure makes the movie feel way longer than it is.
Free Fire has potential, but it needs some better way to wrap things up, and better way to keep the audience invested in the characters. This way it’s just watching and wondering who’s going down next and what the hell is even happening.