Country: United States
Category: Action, Comedy, Crime
Release Date: 31 March, 2017
Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 90 minutes
Box Office: $?
“Free Fire”, The British Ben Wheatley is still little known to the general public but it is a touch to everything. His first feature film Down Terrace is a detective film, Kill List a horrifying thriller, Tourists a Black Comedy, English Revolution an experimental trip totally fucked-up and his latest High-Rise a dystopian science fiction.
With Free Fire, it takes less arduous paths but should take another measure in the eyes of the general public including a cast of madness: Brie Larson (Oscar winner for Room in 2016), Army Hammer (The Social Network), Cillian Murphy Or Sam Riley (Control).
Co-scripted by Ben Wheatley himself, Free Fire is located in the Boston of 1978. In a deserted warehouse, a young woman, Justine, arranges an appointment between two Irish and a gang of arms dealers.
Following a misunderstanding, the meeting will turn to the shooting where everyone will try to survive as he can. The feature film is clearly in the mind of Reservoir Dogs, between police officer, thriller and comedy and that the action will take place in real time.
In May 2016, rumors announce the opening movie of Directors' Fortnight. Finally, it is nothing. On the other hand, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016 and closed the London festival in October.
#3 A great release date: March 17, 2017
If its release in theaters is scheduled for March 31 in the United Kingdom and on April 21 in the United States, no release date has yet been announced for the Hexagon." Because discovering Ben Wheatley in a more "general public" registry is extremely intriguing. Because he has a world of his own, the filmmaker will surely succeed in surprising us despite this scenario, at first sight, rather simplistic.
Because at the time of the questioning of firearms in the United States, the feature film can offer us a sharp criticism of this company. Because a film where it is fired from everywhere by a talented director, it is always the assurance of an entertainment at least pleasant to the best enjoyment.
Alas, for all its stellar talent, Free Fire is a scattershot exercise in genre homage that ultimately misses the target. The execution may be lively and the ensemble cast impressive, but the basic idea runs out of ammunition midway through. Judged against Wheatley's past body of work, this latest comic thriller feels insubstantial. Elevation Pictures is handling the film in Toronto, while New York-based indie outfit A24 already has U.S. rights and aims for a 2017 release.
The pared-down plot is knowingly high-concept, a remix of '70s crime thriller tropes that strips away most of the backstory and concentrates instead on an epic gun battle between rival criminal groups, the kind of scene that might occupy a few minutes of screen time at most in a more conventional movie. Wheatley and his screenwriter wife, Amy Jump, make the shoot-out not just central to the plot but pretty much the entire plot.
The vaguely defined setting is a crumbling waterfront warehouse somewhere in late '70s Massachusetts, though the main shoot actually took place close to Wheatley's home base in the English costal town of Brighton. The plot hinges on two politically motivated Irish gunmen, cool-headed Chris (Murphy) and loose-cannon Frank (Michael Smiley), who are seeking to buy a truckload of rifles from flamboyant South African arms dealers Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Martin (Babou Ceesay). Sporting period-perfect Farrah Fawcett feathered waves and a nice deadpan wit, Larson plays Justine, an intermediary for the Irishmen.