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Free Fire (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

July 9, 2017 by  



“Free Fire” is a film that was a big surprise.  The film was hilarious, the acting performances were solid and the action sequences were over the top and entertaining that I found myself watching the film several times over the weekend.  Recommended!

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TITLE: Free Fire

FILM RELEASE: 2016

DURATION: 90 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 2:39:1 aspect ratio, 16:9 Widescreen, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

COMPANY: Lionsgate

RATED: R (Strong Violence, Pervasive Language, Sexual References and Drug Use)

RELEASE DATE: July 18, 2017


Directed by Ben Wheatley

Screenplay by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley

Produced by Andrew Starke

Executive Producer: Reno Antoniades, Lizzie Francke, David Kosse, Sam Lavender, Dan MacRae, Danny Perkins, Ben Roberts, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

Associate Producer: Pete Tombs

Music by Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury

Cinematography by Laurie Rose

Edited by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley

Casting by Shaheen Baig

Production Design by Paki Smith

Art Direction: Paul Frost, Nigel Pollock

Set Decoration: Liz Griffiths

Costume Design: Emma Fryer


Starring:

Sam Riley as Stevo

Michael Smiley as Frank

Brie Larson as Justine

Cillian Murphy as Chris

Armie Hammer as Ord

Sharlto Copley as Vernon

Babou Ceesay as Martin

Noah Taylor as Gordon

Jack Reynor as Harry

Mark Monero as Jimmy

Patrick Bergin as Howie

Tom Davis as Leary

Enzo Cilenti as Bernie


From Executive Producer Martin Scorsese comes a bold, breathless, and wickedly fun action flick about an arms deal that goes explosively wrong.


From filmmaker Ben Wheatley (“Kill List”, “Sightseers”, “High-Rise”) comes his latest film “Free Fire” which he co-wrote with his writing partner, Amy Jump.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, “Free Fire” stars Sam Riley (“Control”, “Maleficent”, “13”), Brie Larson (“Room”, “21 Jump Street”, “Kong: Skull Island”), Michael Smalley (“Perfume”, “The World’s End”, “Kill List”), Cillian Murphy (“Inception”, “The Dark Knight”, “Batman Begins”), Armie Hammer (“The Lone Ranger”, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, “The Social Network”), Sharlto Copley (“Malificent”, “Chappie”, “District 9”, “Elysium”), Babou Ceesay (“Eye in the Sky”, “’71”, “Severance”), Jack Reynor (“Sing Street”, “Macbeth”, “Glassland”) and many more.

And now the film will be available on Blu-ray courtesy in July 2017 from Lionsgate.

“Free Fire” is set in the ’70s and begins with Stevo (portrayed by Sam Riley) and Bernie (portrayed by Enzo Cilenti) arriving to a secret warehouse location in Boston to meet two IRA members, Chris (portrayed by Cillian Murphy) and Frank (portrayed by Michael Smalley), who is accompanied by intermediary Justine (portrayed by Brie Larson).

The group meet up with a rep named Ord (portrayed by Armie Hammer) and they await arms dealers Vernon (portrayed by Sharlto Copley) and Martin (portrayed by Babou Ceesay), who are delivering powerful weapons.  Which will be delivered to the warehouse by their associates Harry (portrayed by Jack Reynor) and Gordon (portrayed by Noah Taylor).

The night before, Stevo was beaten up by the cousin of a woman he abused.  And to Stevo, he is shocked to see Harry arrive and tries to hide from him.  But when Harry sees him, he immediately tries to attack him and Stevo tries to attack back.

But immediately, things spiral out of control when Harry shoots Stevo in the shoulder thus separating both groups and they all start shooting at each other.

As Martin has the briefcase with the money, he is grazed but with the briefcase of money left in the wild open and everyone is armed to off each other, who will be the last person standing?


VIDEO:

“Free Fire” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:38:1 aspect ratio). Featuring close-ups with very good detail especially during the more bloody scenes which make up was done quite well. I didn’t notice any major artifacts, banding or issues with picture quality during my viewing of the film.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Free Fire” is presented in English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Dialogue is crystal clear and with the many gun, rifle and machine gun shots throughout the film and even music, audio is crystal clear and quite active!

Subtitles are in English SDH and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Free Fire” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary– Featuring audio commentary by director Ben Wheatley.
  • The Making of Free Fire – (15:56) Interviews with the filmmaker Ben Wheatley and the cast about the making of “Free Fire”.
  • Trailer – Theatrical trailer for “Free Fire”.

EXTRAS:

“Free Fire” comes with a slipcover, Blu-ray and an Ultraviolet HD Code.


For filmmaker Ben Wheatley, his goal was to accomplish the action films of years past, where people had the reason to be excited about action versus chaotic explosions and destruction that we see in today’s modern films.

The film revolves around an arms deal gone bad and various teams and individuals are stuck in the warehouse, trying to survive from being killed.

While we have seen a similar action (non-horror) films in which people are stuck in similar setting and audiences wondering who would be the last person standing, most recently with Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight”, what I love about “Free Fire” is that it combines humor, action but also plausible ways to integrate all characters in the film’s storyline and be part of all the action.

Where Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” made you want to pick sides of who you would like to see survive the film, “Free Fire” is a free-for-all, everyone are equally bad to the bone, each has their own quirky nature and a combination of verbal wit to sarcastic humor with a plethora of momentary gun exchanges, makes for a great film.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is great.  Closeups show great detail, especially when the character is bloodied or burned-up, for the most part, everything looks great in HD.  As for the lossless audio, with the amount of gunfire, rifle shots, machine guns going on throughout the film, you can expect an immersive soundscape.  Great use of the surround channels.

Overall, “Free Fire” is a film that was a big surprise.  The film was hilarious, the acting performances were solid and the action sequences were over the top and entertaining that I found myself watching the film several times over the weekend.  Recommended!

 






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