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Shawn Levy
Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery
Writing Credits:
Matt Lieberman, Zak Penn

A bank teller discovers that he's actually a player inside a video game.

Box Office:
$100 million.
Opening Weekend:
$28,365,416 on 4165 Screens.
Domestic Gross:

Rated PG-13.

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
English DTS-HD MA 7.1
English Descriptive Audio 2.0
Spanish Dolby 5.1
French Dolby 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 115 min.
Price: $34.99
Release Date: 9/14/2021

• “Dude vs.Guy” Featurette
• “Creating Molotovgirl” Featurette
• “It’s Taika’s World” Featurette
• “Welcome to Free City” Featurette
• Gag Reel
• 3 Deleted/Extended Scenes
• 3 Trailers


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Free Guy [Blu-Ray] (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (December 28, 2021)

Though many movies come based on video games, 2021’s Free Guy takes a different approach. It creates its own “game universe” and focuses on an unlikely protagonist.

Guy (Ryan Reynolds) works as a bank teller in Free City. He leads a monotonous life that seems to repeat endlessly.

As it happens, Guy actually exists solely as a Non-Player Character (NPC) in a video game called Free City. He begins to demonstrate independence and free will when he meets “Molotov Girl”, a character operated by Millie Rusk (Jodie Comer).

Millie pursues a lawsuit against the company behind Free City, as she believes it stole code for a program she co-authored. As he pushes toward self-realization, Guy becomes an unusual accomplice in Millie’s quest.

While you watch Free, you seem likely to spot influences from other movies. In particular, we see strong signs of 1998’sTruman Show, and elements of 2010’s Inception manifest as well.

Though Free can seem derivative at times, it comes with enough flair and creativity to turn into its own beast. The basic premise offers lots of room for fun developments, and the movie manages to explore these pretty well.

Free creates a good mix of action, romance and comedy. Again, nothing here seems revolutionary, but the film delivers plenty of material to keep us with it.

A fine cast helps. Reynolds deviates somewhat from the “Ryan Reynolds Character”, mainly because Guy lacks his usual sense of snarky sarcasm.

Reynolds struggles a bit to play Guy as the innocent he needs to be, but that becomes a small complaint. Reynolds manages to imbue Guy with enough warmth and charm to overcome his naturally edgy side.

On the other hand, Waititi never vaguely attempts to portray software company founder Antwan as a real human being, and the film benefits from his wholly cartoony performance. Waititi steals every scene in which he appears.

Expect a slew of cameos in here as well, and those add to the fun. Of course, I won’t reveal any, as they work best if they surprise the viewer, but they become a lively aspect of the movie.

Free loses some points due to length, as it just rambles a little too much. 115 minutes isn’t an extreme running time in the abstract, but Free just feels like it stretches its story a bit too far.

Nonetheless, we still find an enjoyable adventure here. Free Guy never becomes a classic, but it entertains.

The Disc Grades: Picture A-/ Audio A-/ Bonus C+

Free Guy appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a terrific presentation.

Sharpness worked well. Virtually no issues with softness materialized, so the movie boasted positive accuracy and delineation.

The image lacked jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also remained absent.

Unsurprisingly, the film’s palette favored a moderate amber and teal hint, though a mix of purples and reds and other tones emerged as well. The disc replicated the colors as intended.

Blacks seemed dark and dense, while shadows appeared smooth and clear. This wound up as an excellent image.

The movie’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 audio added great dimensionality to the effort. With many action scenes, the mix used the various channels to create a lively, vivid soundscape.

This meant various vehicles zipped around the room in a smooth, convincing manner, while other aspects of fights and mayhem brought out well-placed material that blended together in a nicely integrated way. The soundfield meshed together to deliver a well-rounded impression.

Audio quality also impressed, with speech that seemed natural and concise. Music appeared vivid and full, with dynamic tones.

Effects fared best of all, as those elements seemed accurate and tight, with crisp highs and deep lows. As I expect from a movie of this sort, the soundtrack excelled.

When we move to extras, we find four featurettes. Dude vs. Guy spans 15 minutes, 55 seconds and offers notes from director Shawn Levy, VFX supervisor Swen Gilbert, 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator Chris O’Hara, and actor Aaron Reed.

Here we learn how the movie created the “Dude” character. With plenty of material from the set, we find an informative and fun piece.

Creating Molotovgirl lasts seven minutes, six seconds and brings comments from Levy, O’Hara, costume designer Marlene Stewart, and actor Jodie Comer.

Unsurprisingly, this featurette discusses the “Molotovgirl” role and how the movie brought her to life. Though not as lively as “Dude”, this still becomes an informative reel.

With It’s Taika’s World, we get an eight-minute, 34-second segment that includes info from Levy, Comer, and actors Taika Waititi, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Joe Keery.

“World” looks at Waititi’s character and performance. We find some decent notes about the actor’s style but too much of “World” just praises Waititi.

Finally, Welcome to Free City lasts 15 minutes, 13 seconds and boasts comments from Levy, Stewart, O’Hara, Waititi, Keery, Comer, Ambudkar, production designer Ethan Tobman,

During “City”, we find info about how Levy came to the project, story/characters/themes, design choices and sets/locations, costumes, stunts and action, and overall thoughts.

“City” gives us a fairly general “making of” piece, and it does okay in that regard, even if it lacks much depth. And by the way, why doesn’t Ryan Reynolds give us any comments during interview clips? It seems odd the lead skipped these sessions.

Three Deleted/Extended Scenes occupy a total of five minutes, 43 seconds. We get “Guy and Buddy Hit the Beach” (1:10), “Hot Nuts Gets Blown” (0:23), and “NPC Rally (Extended) (4:10).

“Beach” foreshadows Guy’s adventure, while “Blown” offers a little more of Guy’s level-up actions. “Rally” just adds a little more to the secondary characters. All offer entertainment.

In addition to three trailers, we wrap with a Gag Reel. It runs four minutes, 48 seconds and mostly provides the standard goofs and giggles, though we get a few funny improv moments as well.

Though Free Guy never quite turns into a great movie, it offers a consistently fun and likable one. It tosses a lot of fun and humor at the viewer to become a good ride. The Blu-ray boasts terrific picture and audio along with a small but mostly informative batch of supplements. Free Guy winds up as a solid mix of action and laughs.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3 Stars Number of Votes: 2
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