Free Fire

Free Fire

Ben Wheatley (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Violence is a common theme in British director Ben Wheatley's brief but noteworthy CV (Kill List, Sightseers, High-Rise), and Free Fire is no different - except that this derivative but fun shoot-'em-up all but dispenses with plot. An illegal guns deal in a dockside warehouse rapidly becomes a trigger-happy free-for-all as personal grudges are aired and gangland scores are settled. Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley and others have little to do apart from scream insults at each other from behind barrels, pillars and vans, in the all-too few quiet moments when reloading their many firearms. As a Tarantino-lite genre exercise it's as good as any, and better than most, if frustratingly amoral with no real distinction between heroes and villains for the viewer to cheer or hiss at. Wheatley brings the noise and the action with verve, although the entire 90 minutes feels like one over-egged final scene that inadvertently got separated from the rest of a film.


Premiere. It is 1978 and two Irish terrorists are in Boston to buy a shipment of assault rifles from a South African arms dealer, backed-up by hired muscle to help with a deal brokered by a woman and her psychopathic colleague. The deal takes place in a rundown warehouse and it is not long before a minor altercation gets out of hand and bullets start flying in every direction. Ben Wheatley's comedy crime drama, starring Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer.

Cast & Crew

Chris Cillian Murphy
Justine Brie Larson
Ord Armie Hammer
Vernon Sharlto Copley
Harry Jack Reynor
Stevo Sam Riley
Gordon Noah Taylor
Howie Patrick Bergin
Bernie Enzo Cilenti
Frank Michael Smiley
Martin Babou Ceesay
Jimmy Mark Monero
Director Ben Wheatley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 31 Mar 2017
Comedy Drama