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.