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Film

Free Guy

Country

USA

Director

Shawn Levy

Year

2021

Cast

Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Taika Waititi

Details

Colour 115 mins

A bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way… before it is too late.

Similar to the great The Truman Show but not as profound. Mix in video games, a Groundhog Day kind of repeating, and lots of allusions to popular culture. The end result is a very enjoyable romp of a film, cleverer at the start where Ryan Reynold's character has a very blase acceptance at the boring sameness of his world - and at the high bodycount as players enjoy themselves wasting NPCs.

Perhaps predictable towards the end, but like Guy's dash towards the hidden it does successfully reach its end.