Free Fire

Free Fire

Free Fire

A gun trade goes hilariously wrong in this ‘70s-set, one-room, guns-a-blazing comedy from director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise). Executive-produced by Martin Scorsese.

Massachusetts, late '70s. Justine (Oscar-winner Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues. Produced by our lord and saviour Martin Scorsese.

2016Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language90 minsFrance, UK
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Reviews & comments

No kiss kiss, all bang bang

A dozen outlaw and hustler-types, of differing backgrounds and styles, converge in an abandoned warehouse for a major arms deal. It goes so well that they're soon swept into a prolonged, close-quarters shoot-out, a maelstrom from which it's unlikely anyone will walk away in one piece. Much of the cast - who bring some real acting-game in ways you won't...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Crosses the irreverent cheekiness of Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" with the ruthless spirit of 1970s B-movies...

Total Film

Total Film

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Loud, ripe, violent, bloody and blackly funny, Free Fire cocks its gun right in your face. See it – and bring earplugs.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Ben Wheatley shouldn't settle for becoming the next Guy Ritchie. For some reason, he'd like to.

2.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Far more than his previous films, which tend to unfold in a dream-like daze, Free Fire is a mad contraption, bristling with bravado and black, sardonic wit.

4.0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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A smug knockoff of Quentin Tarantino's brand of ironic violence, at several degenerations' remove.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Wheatley's "High-Rise" was a highlight of 2016, and again he shows that he's a technically virtuosic director whose humour has a bracingly nasty side. He's also no dummy.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Part of the fun is the highwire act as the filmmakers try to outwit or outrun expectations...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Free Fire" is not Wheatley's best film, but it is a rollicking good time and, more important, an inadvertent skeleton key to thinking about and understanding the rest of his films.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Alas, for all its stellar talent, Free Fire is a scattershot exercise in genre homage that ultimately misses the target.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is seriously cool, stuffed with great dialogue and riddled with bullets.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Crosses the irreverent cheekiness of Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" with the ruthless spirit of 1970s B-movies...

Total Film

Total Film

press

Loud, ripe, violent, bloody and blackly funny, Free Fire cocks its gun right in your face. See it – and bring earplugs.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Ben Wheatley shouldn't settle for becoming the next Guy Ritchie. For some reason, he'd like to.

2.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Far more than his previous films, which tend to unfold in a dream-like daze, Free Fire is a mad contraption, bristling with bravado and black, sardonic wit.

4.0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

A smug knockoff of Quentin Tarantino's brand of ironic violence, at several degenerations' remove.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Wheatley's "High-Rise" was a highlight of 2016, and again he shows that he's a technically virtuosic director whose humour has a bracingly nasty side. He's also no dummy.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Part of the fun is the highwire act as the filmmakers try to outwit or outrun expectations...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"Free Fire" is not Wheatley's best film, but it is a rollicking good time and, more important, an inadvertent skeleton key to thinking about and understanding the rest of his films.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Alas, for all its stellar talent, Free Fire is a scattershot exercise in genre homage that ultimately misses the target.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is seriously cool, stuffed with great dialogue and riddled with bullets.

4.0

No kiss kiss, all bang bang

A dozen outlaw and hustler-types, of differing backgrounds and styles, converge in an abandoned warehouse for a major arms deal. It goes so well that they're soon swept into a prolonged, close-quarters shoot-out, a maelstrom from which it's unlikely anyone will walk away in one piece. Much of the cast - who bring some real acting-game in ways you won't...

4.0