Free Fire

Ben Wheatley

Retro gangsters in glitter jackets and bell-bottoms try to stay alive during an arms deal that gets out of hand in a deserted factory. Ben Wheatley’s cool cast finds itself in a classic shoot-out, with well-aimed bullets and one-liners. Who will survive the battle in this bold action film?

Anyone who deals in weapons knows it’s a risky business. Particularly when it becomes apparent both buyers and sellers are a bunch of hotheads with itchy trigger fingers. In Boston in 1978, two groups of criminals meet in a remote factory to complete an arms deal. They hope for a smooth transfer, but the moment two freaked-out brawlers from rival groups get into a quarrel, everyone starts shooting. In the chaotic hail of bullets, curses and one-liners, all the gangsters do their best to survive the night, including a beautiful young woman who at first tried to calm everyone down. Those still standing after this retro shoot-out try to escape with the money. 
After the alienating crime comedy Sightseers (2012) and his famed film version of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High-Rise (2015), British cult filmmaker Ben Wheatley returns with a criminally good action film.

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Filmmaker
Ben Wheatley
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
90
Language
English
Producer
Andrew Starke
Production Company
Film4
Sales
Protagonist Pictures
Writer
Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley
Cinematography
Laurie Rose
Editor
Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley
Production Design
Paki Smith
Sound Design
Martin Pavey
Music
Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury
Cast
Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor