A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Nothing here but rampant violence; the only consequences are getting shot.
Positive Role Models
The only characters are criminals and thugs who do nothing but shoot at each other. Only one female character.
Violence & Scariness
Near-constant, over-the-top gun violence. Blood spurts, bloody wounds. Characters shot in head. Character on fire. Character sews up a wound. Fighting, beating with crowbar. Stabbing. Used hypo needle stuck in hand. Falling downstairs. Character's head run over by van. Verbal reference to violence against women.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Fairly strong innuendo.
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Near-constant use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "c--t," "c---sucker," "t-ts," "bastard," "son of a bitch," "d--k," "goddamn," "balls," "slut," "idiot."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke. Character shown using heroin (tin foil and pipe). References to drugs ("smack").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Free Fire is an ultra-violent, Quentin Tarantino-esque shoot-'em-up set in one location over the course of one night. After a long set-up, characters shoot guns at each other almost constantly, with tons of gory consequences. Expect blood spurts, bloody wounds, fighting, stabbing, hitting with a crowbar, a character's head being run over by a van, and a character stitching up her own wounds. A character is also set on fire, and there's a verbal reference to brutal violence against a woman. Language is also extremely strong, with countless uses of "f--k," plus "c---sucker," "c--t," "t-ts," "s--t," and much more. One character is shown smoking "smack" (i.e. heroin) using tinfoil, a pipe, and a lighter. Characters also smoke cigarettes regularly, and there's sexual innuendo. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Obviously inspired by Quentin Tarantino's movies, as well as 1970s shoot-'em-ups, this action movie tries to be stripped down and clever, but it only succeeds at being laughably violent. Directed by Ben Wheatley (High-Rise), Free Fire is all 1970s outfits (big collars and lapels, facial hair, tight pants, and polyester), and loud gun sounds. Though the warehouse is an interesting setting (cribbed, clearly, from Reservoir Dogs), Wheatley fails to establish the spatial locations of the characters. When someone fires in one shot, and someone else screams in the next, we have no idea where they were aiming -- or where anyone else is.
Soon, everyone hits the floor, and everyone is a dust-and-blood-and-hair covered figure, crawling on the ground, barely distinguishable from one another. Occasionally it looks as if something clever will happen, such as when the characters discover a working phone in the office, but these things only result in more shooting. The dialogue tries to be witty, but the only thing that clicks is when a character occasionally gives up and simply laughs at the absurdity. Whereas the John Wick movies took violence to such an astoundingly high-pitched level that they became almost existential, Free Fire is far too aware of itself to make any such claims.
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