Free Fire 15
Ben Wheatley’s (Kill List, High Rise, Sightseers) ascent as one of the UK’s most dazzling and prolific cinematic talents continues with this all-guns-blazing '70s crime caper about a weapons deal gone wrong.
It's 1978, Boston. Sharp-witted Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a gun deal in an abandoned warehouse between a delegation of IRA men including Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley), plus South African gun-runner Vernon (Sharlto Copley), cool-as-a-cucumber Ord (Armie Hammer) and their assortment of seamy associates. Despite a level of tension that’s thicker than the accents, everything seems to be going smoothly. That is until the whole deal derails when stoner side-kick Stevo (Sam Riley) recognises one of the two handover guys, shots are fired, and pandemonium ensues, escalating into a manic 12-way shoot-out where everyone left alive is either trying to escape with a bag of money, or making sure that nobody else does.
Dizzyingly choreographed, pulsatingly scored (by Portishead's Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury) and bristling with bravado and black, sardonic wit, come and revel in this virtuoso feat of indiscriminate gunplay - one that’s brimming with excitement, tension and purpose, a body count that hits double digits and a bullet count that’s downright impossible to fathom!