It’s safe to say that I’m proud to be from Brighton. So when I heard that Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire had almost entirely been shot from a warehouse in Brighton, I knew I had to see it.
What could possibly go wrong?
The plot is simple. It’s the 1970s. Two guys want to buy a shipment of guns. A middleman is brought in to set up a deal with some local gangsters. The merchandise is inspected, a price is agreed on. Simple enough right? Wrong. As the deal is coming to a close a single shot is fired from the darkness sending each character into a frenzy of panic, paranoia and confusion, leading to some razor sharp wit and edge of your seat excitement for the viewer. Not to mention the soothing voice of John Denver eased in throughout giving a backdrop of calm amidst the chaos.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
As the film progresses each of the characters quirks emerge. From the foul-mouthed Irishmen, the cocky South African, the calm and cool American to the motor mouthed Italian, trying not to let the past catch up with his present. With a fun and free flowing script it’s easy to see how the film was given backing by Film4 Productions and why each of the cast members would be on board (although I’m sure no actor would have turned down this project after seeing the 70’s style wardrobe).
Classic in the making?
This in your face action comedy will keep you gripped and laughing the whole way through and is certain to be a cult classic in years to come. Still not convinced? Let me put it like this: If Guy Ritchie’s cockney crusader films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch had a love child I imagine Free Fire wouldn’t be too far off.
Reviewed by Latifa Delfuego at Duke of Yorks Picturehouse