Free Fire (2016) Saturday, 21 September 2019

Free Fire (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Check out the merch.

  • Starring:

    Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Babou Ceesay, Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor

  • Directed by:

    Ben Wheatley

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Most of the movie is one continuous shootout. People are shot, slapped, punched, kicked, wrestled, choked, hit with objects/weapons, head-butted, thrown down stairs, bitten (hand/neck), set on fire, stabbed, run over, threatened, blasted through the air. People fall down, fall from ceiling height, smash glass underfoot. Crowbar shoved into mouth. Explosions, fire. Threat to kill/stack/set fire to bodies of children. Poking someone in the eye to check if they're dead mentioned. Yelling. Blood/gore: A face explodes when shot, a head bursts when run over by car. Bloody faces, mouths, bullet wounds, hands, cuts, knuckles, lip, clothes; bleeding, pooling blood, blood spatter, exposed brains. Needle inserted into palm, sewing needle used to stitch wound. Black eye, burned/blackened hands. Crying over a coffin. Dying of infection mentioned. Very high body count.


    Flirting, hand-kissing. References to sex, masturbation, sexual harrassment of a minor leading to violence. Sexual innuendo: loaded weapons, insinuations that women can only make a living with a man or as prostitutes. Hooking up, oral sex, lube, man stripping down to his y-fronts mentioned.


    Drugs (cocaine, marijuana; person gets stuck with needle). Alcohol (beer, recovering alcoholic). Smoking (cigarettes). Smack, junkie mentioned.


    F-words (lots), s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for homosexuals, women and disabled people. Homophobic and misogynistic language/slurs. Slang for genitalia. Sexual innuendo and references. Ageist jokes.


    Weapons trading, IRA, misunderstandings, shootouts, insults, last man standing.


    Hilarious, bloody, crazy, chaotic, adrenalised, zany, absurd, entertaining, pulpy, authentic, accessible, short, unhinged, unrelenting, memorable, quippy, riotous, , bruising, effective, big, magnificent, noisy, over-the-top, comic, lively, committed, stylish, audacious. Cheeky/wry dialogue, relentless violence, talented/eccentric/impressive cast, hilarious/creative injuries, tight script, sharp direction, inspired/dizzying choreography, intricate sound design.


    Gimmicky, low-stakes, shallow, messy, unoriginal, scattershot, monotonous, single-minded. Action can get confusing/cartoonish/repetitive, some overused elements (orange/teal colour grade, ironic music choices), some clunky dialogue.

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