Free Guy (movie)
Free Guy is a science fiction action movie directed by Shawn Levy with a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn and a story by Lieberman. The movie stars are Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer, and Lil Rel Howery.
The release of Free Guy in theaters in the United States was originally set for July 3, 2020, but was postponed owing to the COVID-19 epidemic. The date was later pushed out to December 11, 2020. The film was withdrawn from the studio’s anticipated release schedule in November 2020. The film will be released on March 26, 2021, according to an announcement made on December 11, 2020. It was subsequently rescheduled for May 21 of the following year, and then again for August 13.
Soonami Games created Free City, an open-world video game. Soonami’s head developer Antwan stole the code from a game called Life Itself, created by Walter “Keys” McKey and Millie Rusk, and turned it into Free City. Millie spends time in Free City as her avatar Molotov Girl to find evidence of her and Keys’ code and prove they are the rightful owners of the code. Keys has since taken a job at Soonami, while Millie spends time in Free City as her avatar Molotov Girl to find evidence of her and Keys’ code and prove they are the rightful owners of the code.
Guy, a non-player character (NPC) in the game, works as a bank teller and hangs out with his closest friend Buddy, oblivious to the fact that his world is a video game. One day, he runs upon Molotov Girl, who is singing the music he claims his dream girl will enjoy, and he begins to stray from his script. He steals a pair of sunglasses from a player who is attempting to rob his bank, and through them he observes Free City on the player’s head-up display. When Guy chats to Millie, she believes he is another player named “blue shirt Guy,” rather than an NPC. She tells him that she won’t speak to him again until he reaches a level of above 100. As players observe the evolution of “blue shirt Guy,” he becomes a worldwide sensation.
Millie and Guy cross paths again when she breaks into the Stash, a well-guarded region within the game where another player keeps evidence of her source code. Guy assists Millie in escaping the Stash, and Millie notices that Guy is becoming sentient and feels that he can assist her in locating their original code within the game world. Guy’s self-awareness was caused by an artificial intelligence code incorporating Millie’s personal preferences, which Keys had placed in Life Itself, and which had driven Guy to develop a romantic interest in Millie. Guy breaks quit their connection when Millie tells him the truth about his circumstances, telling her that he loves her. However, after speaking with Buddy about the circumstances, Guy recognizes that the relationship was about more than love and regains full awareness. Before Free City is wiped from Soonami’s servers to make way for its sequel, Free City 2, in two days, Guy returns to Millie to offer to help.
Millie discovers Guy in-game without any recollection of his sentience, but she kisses him nevertheless, remembering Keys’ suggestion that Guy would need a reminder. Guy’s sentience is restored, and he remembers the location of the Island, which is a component of Life Itself that will not be protected from the pending data wipe and is the only proof of Millie and Keys’ original programming. Antwan seeks to remove Guy and Molotov Girl from the game as Guy and Millie persuade the other NPCs in the game that they are more than their programming. Keys intervenes to defend them and guide them to the Island, broadcasting the effort to all of the evicted Free City players.
Antwan then sends Dude into the game, a larger and unfinished version of Guy created for Free City 2, but Guy is able to befriend him after a struggle. Antwan performs the final step of destroying the game’s servers with an ax, but Guy arrives on the Island in time, causing a worldwide outcry. Millie coerces Antwan into giving her and Keys the Free City code and intellectual property (IP).
Without Millie and Keys’ code, sales for Free City 2 plummet, and Antwan finds embroiled in a slew of media issues, leading to his dismissal from Soonami. With the rediscovered code, Keys, Mouser, and Millie form a new firm to release Free Life, enlisting the help of Guy, Buddy, Dude, and the other Free City NPCs. Free Life is a success, and Millie discovers that Keys’ code was actually a love letter to her, thanks to Guy, and the two hug and kiss.
Meanwhile, Guy reunites with Buddy in Free Life, and the two begin to live their own lives without having to adhere to their Free City coding.
- Ryan Reynolds as Guy
- Reynolds also portrays Dude, with his face superimposed onto Aaron W. Reed’s body via special effects.
- Jodie Comer as Millie Rusk / Molotov Girl
- Joe Keery as Walter “Keys” McKeys
- Lil Rel Howery as Buddy
- Utkarsh Ambudkar as Mouser
- Taika Waititi as Antwan
- Camille Kostek as Bombshell
- Britne Oldford as Missy
- Matty Cardoraple as Gamer
- Mike Davine as Officer Johnny
Free Guy was in development at 20th Century Fox before to its sale by Disney, and it is one of the first Fox films to be produced under Disney ownership and under the studio’s new moniker, 20th Century Studios. “I haven’t been this thoroughly engrossed and invested in something since Deadpool,” Ryan Reynolds, who co-produced the film with Shawn Levy, remarked.