FREE FIRE

Cert 15 91mins Stars 4

Load up and get this blast of a B movie in your movie going sights. Set in 1970’s Boston, US, it’s a funked-up, hard core, post-industrial spaghetti western.

British writer-director Ben Wheatley gives a rapid fire impetus and a wickedly humorous spin on an age old set up.

Masterfully containing the action in a debris littered factory, there’s a briefcase of money, a van load of guns, and too few brains.

Irish republicans spar with a South African arms dealer and the American mob. Nationalist needling escalates quickly, and every bullet hurts in the carnage that follows.

The modest budget seems mostly to have been spent on the brilliant cast, which includes Oscar winner Brie Larson and Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy.

The bleak vision of humanity is underscored by the ironic use of the sweet songs of John Denver. It’s a tense as steel and as hard and dirty as the factory floor. Don’t miss.

 

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