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Free Fire Blu-ray Review

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“Free Fire” becomes tiresome very quickly.

If you love crazy shootouts, “Free Fire” is for you as that is all this movie is essentially. It’s a simple 70’s set action-crime thriller about a weapons deal between an arms buyer and a gunrunner that goes horribly awry as tensions flare, bullets fly, and bodies fall.

Going into this film, I hadn’t been a fan of director Ben Wheatley’s work for the most part. After watching “Free Fire” (which Wheatley directed and co-wrote), my opinion has not changed on the filmmaker. While he may have an eye for visuals, his films lack soul. In this particular feature film, it’s literally just 90 minutes of barely developed characters cursing and shooting at each other in a run-down warehouse. Wheatley is clearly trying his best to create his own Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie esque crime film here, but there’s nothing to really grab onto in this repetitious film. Granted, the director deserves some credit for making a film with a very limited premise watchable for the duration, but really it’s just a matter of wanting to see how it turns out after investing so much time into it.

One thing is for certain, however, “Free Fire” boasts an incredible all-star cast comprised of Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Sharlto Copley, among others. Every cast member is giving it their all here as they commit to their roles. It’s just a shame they didn’t have more to work with.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The dark, murky, retro style looks fine in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the dialogue to the shootouts, this track delivers.

Extras: * Digital copy. * Lionsgate trailers. * ‘The Making Of Free Fire” contains film clips, cast and crew interviews, story discussions, etc. Standard stuff. * A talkative commentary by Ben Wheatley, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor that will appeal to fans of the film.

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July 2, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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