A quiet domestic drama about gangsters, a horror film about assassins and cults, a comedy about serial killers, a hallucinogenic fever dream set in the English Civil War, and High-Rise. Ben Wheatley’s directorial output is as diverse as they come, and it seems like he’ll be continuing that trend with Free Fire.
Set in Boston in 1978, in one warehouse, an arms deal gone wrong explodes into a full-on shootout. It’s a cool idea, but what’s really interesting about this is the talent involved. The cast includes Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copley, Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor, and Michael Smiley. The dream team of Amy Jump as co-writer/co-editor and Laurie Rose as cinematographer also returns. And here’s something I’ve just found out – Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury will be composing the score, and after the incredible job they did with Ex Machina I’m eager to hear as well as see this one.
With a small-scale concept, you need style to make something special, something that Free Fire seems to have in spades. The biggest takeaway for me is how funny this looks, with some incompetence and absurdity (“I forgot whose side I’m on!”) mixed with the brutal violence. Free Fire played at TIFF yesterday, and has been getting some rave reviews so far from those lucky enough to see it.
Free Fire is due for release on March 17th next year in the UK, so if its release schedule is anything like High-Rise was this year, the U.S. will probably be getting it late Spring 2017.
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