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Introduction to Free Fire - A Ms. H Movie Review
To be clear, I am against guns, shoot outs and other methods of violence. This was just a movie, so my review is based on the movie, not my views on guns or other violent actions. Now for my review. I was not sure what to expect when I watched Free Fire at the movies recently. I read the synopsis so I knew the movie had to do with a weapons deal that had gone bad, but that was the extent of my knowledge of this movie. I thought there was going to be a group of maybe teenagers arranging a weapons transaction at a desolate location, leaving the area and then being chased by the other bad guys. Well this movie surprised me on all fronts. First the stars of the movie are not under the age of 21, and second -- there were no car chases at all. In fact, to cut to the chase, I found this movie to be entertaining, notwithstanding the guns and violence in it.
Humor in Free Fire
If you watch Free Fire and manage not to chuckle or at least smile at some of the lines in the script of this movie, you would have to be made of stone. From the beginning of the movie, I as well as some of the other people in the movie audience had quite a few laughs at what was going on. I went to the late showing, so there wasn’t a lot of people watching, but those that were there, I could hear their chuckles. The humor in Free Fall is not from slapstick such as people tripping, falling down, etc. It originated from the outlandish happenings that occurs during Free Fall as well as some of the dialogue. Additionally, I think the writer and director did a good job of not letting one single person dominate the movie, so each character had his or own story and actions -- some more comical than others.
Lone Female in Free Fire
You may think this was an all male cast given the premise of the movie centering around weapons as well as the damage resulting from the weapons. Well, you may be in for a surprise when you find out that not only was a female in this movie, but the actions this female performed relative to the weapons as well as the resulting payment was worth a second look. By the way, Brie Larson played the part of Justine. I won’t spoil the movie for you, but let’s just say, instead of this movie being called Free Fire, maybe it should have been called the Last Woman Standing.
The leader in Free Fire
If you watch this movie, you may wonder who is the leader from each of the warring sides. The enigma here is the person you may think is the leader probably Armie Hammer as Ord -- is not, because as the action unfolds in the movie and things start happening, you will find out you were totally misled -- which makes this movie even more entertaining to me. I think there is truth to the sayings there is no honor among thieves -- because this movie clearly shows it.
Gruesome Scenes in Free Fire
To be warned is to be forearmed -- So I have to let you know in addition to the bloodiness of this movie due to what is happening, there is an extremely gruesome scene that I had to turn my head away from. Suffice it to say that the writer and director may have had a vision in mind when making this movie, which could include showingthe most gross scene you can think of if a person is in the situation these people were in. I think, unfortunately, he succeeded in showing a scene that is one you do not want to watch. I turned my head away too late, so while writing this, I’m trying to push that image out of my head. Do yourself a favor and turn your head away when you get the idea that something really, really gross is about to happen.
Assessment of Free Fire
Free Fire reminded me of a combination of the movie No Country for Old Men as well as the old westerns where a lot of gunfights occurred. To vision this movie into a western, just replace the warehouse location with remote, rugged mountains, the vehicle with a horse, and you would have an old-fashion western shootout. That being said, this movie, though taxing to your eyes due to the bloodiness and violence, was in a way a different kind of movie. There was even a little suspense in the end -- but I will not divulge it so as not to spoil the movie. I can’t say I enjoyed watching the movie because of the bloodiness as well as the profanity, however, I think the dialogue, which sometimes makes the movie, was well done for the movie, especially when comedy aspects were added.
Rating of Free Fire
Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate Free Fire 3 stars.