Free Fire

If the “Free Fire” trailer passes the “six laughs test”, why doesn’t the movie?
A surprise and a disappointment.
The scenario is great, the characters should be interesting, the costumes evoke the seventies.  What goes wrong?
The dialogue that builds up to the shoot-out is interesting enough, but it’s kinda hard to laugh when it’s the IRA (or UDA), and a South African arms dealer.   And once the shoot-out began, was there not more space for dialogue?  (It got hard to follow sometimes when characters were crawling around in dim lighting.)  And just not sure “Annie’s Song” works as a drama vehicle in the way “Stuck in the middle with you” did for “Reservoir Dogs”.

A first look Guardian review was also disappointedA second look wasn’t.


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