Free Guy (2021)
115 min|Action, Adventure, Comedy|13 Aug 2021
7.1Rating: 7.1 / 10 from 431,485 usersMetascore: 62
When Guy, a bank teller, learns that he is a non-player character in a bloodthirsty, open-world video game, he goes on to become the hero of the story and takes the responsibility of saving the world.

Free Guy is a science fiction action film directed by Shawn Levy known as the Night at the Museum series. This film stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, and veteran filmmaker Taika Waititi. With a budget of more than USD 100 million, the movie was supposed to be released last year and was only released last August. Video game-themed movies are no longer new; what is Free Guy trying to offer now?

Guy (Reynolds) is an ordinary man who lives his daily routine as a bank clerk in Free City. Crime is expected in this city, and its citizens seem to have lived side-by-side with gun violence. Once upon a time, Guy felt something strange about himself and the world around him since he met a mysterious, beautiful girl named Millie, aka Molotov Girl. Free City turns out to be an online video game, and Guy is an anomaly or glitch.

From the summary of the story above, the smell of The Matrix is ​​already thick. Indeed, the story has some similarities, but this film is also similar in concept to several other video game films, namely Ready Player One to Tron Legacy. One thing that makes the difference is that the protagonist is digital, aka it doesn’t exist. The story’s core also turns out not to lead to something more profound or existentialist themes like The Matrix. With all its complexities, this film is just a sweet and simple love story.

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Interesting premise with the dominance of visual effects, Free Guy gets a great comparison from similar films that are far superior. This film is not as frenetic as Ready Player One, but its comedic side is more than enough to entertain us. This film can indeed lead to a more resounding theme, but in reality, it does not. At least, this film tries to teach us not to be trapped in dreams/fantasy but reality. Guy who is a Non-Player Character (NPC) wants to be free; why can’t we?

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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