Year: 1900 Director: Ben Wheatley
Free Fire is the latest film from young British director Ben Wheatley and his partner Amy Jump, the pair of whom you might recognise from films such as High Rise, Kill List and Sightseers. It’s set in 70s Boston, in a warehouse where an illicit gun deal is going down between a delegation of IRA men and a South African gun runner, all under the eyes of a pair of American fixers. Things don’t go to plan, a couple of junior hotheads kick off, the situation escalates quickly, and before you know it the entire last hour of a 90 minute film is a manic 12-way shootout, with everyone trying to escape with a bag of money while making sure nobody else does.
This could have been one big injoke, a pub discussion taken too far, but it works, largely down to some great editing that establishes the location brilliantly, and a sharp script that establishes and defines each character well. Building on that, Wheatley has assembled a great cast to inhabit the characters. Armie Hammer’s ice cool fixer dude is very entertaining, the Irish contingent of Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley (who will » Continue Reading.