Free Fire competition
It’s all gone a bit post-Tarantino, Guy Ritchie-ish ‘round here lately, with films such as Baby Driver with its self-consciously ‘cool’ soundtrack, and posh lad director Edgar Wright boasting about hanging out with real crims in The Groucho Club. Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, released earlier this year, and out on DVD this month, is another one.
Evidencing a clear debt to Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, it is set almost entirely in a warehouse, in which Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley’s Irish heavies (presumably the IRA) are in the process of purchasing some arms with Sharlto Copley’s flashy dealer, the transaction presided over by Armie Hammer’s negotiator, Ord. Then one of the band recognises someone from an altercation the night previously and a free-for-all ensues with the bullets and quips flying. The initial banter is amusing enough, with Jack Rayner’s thick thug a highlight, but the shootout gets a little confusing midway and by the closing half, it gets a little tiring/tiresome. It’s understandable that Wheatley might have wanted to do something on a smaller scale following the unwieldy muddle that was High-Rise, but Kill List feels a long way away now.
WIN: We have three copies of Free Fire to give away to the readers who can answer the following: What was the name of Ben Wheatley’s first feature? Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org (insert 'Free Fire Comp' in the subject matter).Free Fire is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 7 August