17. Free Fire
Release Year: 2016
Directed By: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Noah Taylor, Patrick Bergin, Tom David, Mark Monero
Release Date: Monday, Oct. 21
If you’re newly obsessed with Brie Larson following her box office breaking entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain Marvel, then you’re going to want to take a deep dive into everything she’s starred in prior to her mainstream breakthrough. That includes her directorial debut with the Netflix original film Unicorn Store, a ton of indie flicks and Free Fire, which streams on Netflix this month and is without question one of the best new release movies.
A seeming throwback to simpler action films, Free Fire tells the tale of a black-market arms deal gone unbelievably, violently wrong. Justine (Brie Larson), the intermediary of the deal, winds up in the middle of the crossfire between dueling sides and gets involved in the shootout. Throughout the film, Justine must navigate a warehouse full of madmen pulling the trigger on each other as bullet by bullet, the odds of surviving the free fire become more strategic and savage.
Free Fire hit theaters on the heels of Brie Larson’s Oscar win for Room, but the film didn’t fare well at the box office. In its opening weekend, the film bowed at No. 17 will less the $1 million made and went on to gross $3.8 million against its $7 million production budget. Regardless, Free Fire was a bigger hit with critics, holding a 69% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps the film would have performed better after Larson’s debut as Captain Marvel. At any rate, check out the underrated action film when it fires onto Netflix at the end of October.