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Free Fire (2016)

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Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shoot-out and a game of survival.


Ben Wheatley


Amy Jump (screenplay by), Ben Wheatley (screenplay by)
2,094 ( 309)
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Enzo Cilenti ... Bernie
Sam Riley ... Stevo
Michael Smiley ... Frank
Brie Larson ... Justine
Cillian Murphy ... Chris
Armie Hammer ... Ord
Sharlto Copley ... Vernon
Babou Ceesay ... Martin
Noah Taylor ... Gordon
Jack Reynor ... Harry
Mark Monero ... Jimmy
Patrick Bergin ... Howie
Sara Dee ... Telephone Sales Voice (voice)
Tom Davis ... Leary


Stevo (Sam Riley) and Bernie (Enzo Cilenti) are driving to meet two IRA members, Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley). On the way, Stevo tells Bernie that he was beaten up the previous day by the cousin of a woman he abused. The group meet outside a Boston warehouse, where they wait with intermediary Justine (Brie Larson). A representative arrives, Ord (Armie Hammer), who leads them inside. The group is there to buy guns from arms dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and his associates, Martin (Babou Ceesay), Harry (Jack Reynor) and Gordon (Noah Taylor). Despite tensions between the two groups and the fact that Vernon supplied the wrong weapons, Chris' group secure the weapons in a van and hand over the money in a briefcase..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


All guns. No control.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Fire: O Tiroteio See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$994,431, 21 April 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,798,472, 12 May 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Taylor and Murphy are both in "Peaky Blinders" See more »


During a quiet moment in the shooting, Ord lights a cigarette and starts talking with his friend. The way he holds the cigarette changes between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Bernie: [honking at the car in the front] Move your fat ass!
Stevo: Shut the fuck up, Bernie! My fucking head is about to explode here.
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Spoofs Hard Boiled (1992) See more »


Lead Lobotomy
Performed by Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury
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Free Fire Review
19 December 2017 | by Ben-HibburdSee all my reviews

Free Fire is unfortunately Ben Wheatley's first misfire. Whilst the film isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, it does have a-lot of issues. Firstly the overall concept is an interesting idea. A 90 minute shoot-out in a single location sounds like a great idea. And for the first 30-40 minutes the film was highly entertaining. But when a character asks another "how long has it been" you know the film is starting to wear thin.

The film is loaded with an extremely talented cast featuring Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley. They all give boisterous, lively performances but their characters are paper thin. For the type of film this is I didn't need any character background, but a little bit of development and growth would've given the film a little more direction.

One of the biggest issues I had with the film was that it meandered for the majority of the second half. This caused me to lose interest in the film as the overall intensity dropped. Another issue I had was the tone of the film, whilst it does have some good moments of levity, the film played itself far too straight. Going in I has expecting and action film with plenty of moments of dark humour, but that was few and far between. And a-lot of the jokes didn't land for me.

Free Fire was an over-all disappointment made even more-so by the fact I'm a huge fan of Ben Wheatley. In the end Free Fire was an interesting experiment that seemed better in concept rather than in its execution.

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