Movie Review: ‘Free Guy’

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Andrew Velarde, Managing Editor of Videography and Photography

‘Free Guy,’ wasbproduced by 20th Century Studios and released on Aug 13. The film was directed by Shawn Levy, starring Ryan Reynold as Guy, Jodie Comer as Millie, Taika Waititi as Antwan, and Lil Rel Howery as Buddy. 

‘Free Guy’ is a fun entertaining movie that combines a famous cast, an interesting concept, and self-aware humor. The movie revolves around FreeCity created by Soonami, a made up hit game where the players are allowed to do anything with no limits. In the beginning of the movie we are introduced to the protagonist Guy, a non-player character (NPC) who works as a bank teller totally unaware that his world is a video game. Then one day when he encounters Molotov Girl, a player who by signing a song helps Guy begin deviating from his original program. Throughout the movie we see a transformation from lifeless artificial intelligence (AI) to the development of real human thinking and emotion. As well as an underlying plot of how Free City’s source code was stolen from an unreleased game called Life Itself, developed by Walter McKey and Millie Rusk, and used by Soonami’s head developer Antwan.

The movie revolves around the ideas of free will and identity. Free Guy is the video game movie that warns us that we have no second chance in life. We also see how Guy, through gaining the ability to think outside his programming, gets him shunned by all of his friends. It shows that under the funky exterior of the movie there is a more personal and deep lesson to be learned aimed at the viewers. Another interesting aspect is how its characters grow from their interactions with both real and virtual worlds. Similar to how Guy must change his normal patterns of going to his job at the bank, Millie is tasked with fighting back forces that prevent her from maintaining her freedom, and growing the relationships she has around her.

Overall the movie is a decent movie, but I don’t recommend it to those who are overly critical; it’s not perfectly paced, there are a few plot holes, and not all of its jokes work out. One of the plot holes is how when Millie tracked down the source code, which was a gigantic company’s secret, it was in a random player’s home. Another thing was the source code was a physical object implemented into the games. These situations are both very unreasonable when it comes to a company trying to personally hide its code. Also, the ways the NPCs are programmed to act are unrealistic compared to ones in real games. Though these flaws exist, they certainly ruin anyone’s enjoyment of the movie.

I would give Free Guy 8/10. This movie was a great feel good time full of laughs, tears, and thinking. This movie really showed how funny and good Ryan Reynolds is as an actor. I would 100 percent recommend this movie to anyone and everyone for an action filled time.