Free Fire (15)

Action (2016)
91mins Fr/UK

Starring: Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Enzo Cilenti, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy
Director: Ben Wheatley
Writer(s): Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Chris and fellow Irishman Frank need to source several cases of M16 rifles to arm their IRA brethren. They head to an abandoned warehouse to complete a deal flanked by hired muscle Bernie and Stevo, under the escort of suave American middle man Ord and his sassy associate, Justine. The suppliers are emotionally volatile South African dealer Vernon and his Black Panther associate Martin, who have drafted in two stooges - Harry and Gordon - to even the numbers.

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Free Fire (15)

Essex-born filmmaker Ben Wheatley gets into a Reservoir Dogs groove with this giddily entertaining shoot-out set in a 1978 Boston warehouse that draws blood with breathless action sequences as well as verbal grenades. The trigger-happy free-for-all becomes wearisome before the final bullet reaches its intended target, and sinewy subplots to connect characters sometimes feel contrived, but as an exercise in controlled mayhem, Free Fire hits more than it misses...

Free Fire. Copyright: StudioCanal. Caption: Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley and Michael Smiley star in Free Fire, directed by Ben Wheatley. All Rights Reserved.Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump have keen ears for snappy dialogue, whether it be one gunman petulantly refusing to lay down his weapon - "It's too late, I've been insulted!" - or another thug, high on heroin to dull the pain of a swollen black eye, likening his appearance to someone who has recently enjoyed sexual congress with "a reluctant panda bear". A rich vein of jet black humour courses beneath the surface of each exchange of gunfire and the script delights in upending gender stereotypes by casting Oscar winner Brie Larson as the solitary woman in a hyperviolent world of testosterone-crazed fools. "We can't all be nice girls," she snarls at one associate, aiming her revolver squarely between his terror-filled eyes.

Chris (Cillian Murphy) and fellow Irishman Frank (Michael Smiley) need to source several cases of M16 rifles to arm their IRA brethren. They head to an abandoned warehouse to complete a deal flanked by hired muscle Bernie (Enzo Cilenti) and Stevo (Sam Riley), under the escort of suave American middle man Ord (Armie Hammer) and his sassy associate, Justine (Larson). The suppliers are emotionally volatile South African dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and his Black Panther associate Martin (Babou Ceesay), who have drafted in two stooges - Harry (Jack Reynor) and Gordon (Noah Taylor) - to even the numbers. The exchange goes sour when Vernon attempts to palm off AR-70 assault rifles in place of the promised weapons. Tempers fray and Justine deflects sexist barbs aimed to undermine her position. "I'm IIFM - in it for myself," she calmly reminds both sides. When bullets fly as a result of an unfortunate personal connection, fragile alliances disintegrate, rivalries resurface and Vernon loses his slender grasp on reality. "He was misdiagnosed as a child genius and never got over it," wearily notes Justine.

Free Fire sets out its action-oriented intentions, reducing most of the cast to the shuffling wounded, who crawl around the warehouse floor with blood seeping from bullet wounds as they search for an exit from the mayhem (other than an early grave). Copley overacts with wild abandon, largely to comic effect, while Murphy and Larson spark a simmering on-screen chemistry that thankfully never boils over into a superfluous dalliance. The film's enduring romance is between hot-headed men and their loaded weapons. Unlike many of the characters, that love never dies.

- Jo Planter

Free Fire. Copyright: StudioCanal. Caption: Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley and Michael Smiley star in Free Fire, directed by Ben Wheatley. All Rights Reserved.

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- Bristol, Watershed
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- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
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- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
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- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
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- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
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- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
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- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
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- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
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- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
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- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
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- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
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- Poole, Cineworld Poole
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- Preston, Odeon Preston
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- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
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- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
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- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
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- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
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- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
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- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York

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