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Free Fire (15)

Free Fire (15)

Action, Comedy, Crime

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

The critical consensus

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

****(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 27/03/2017

Wheatley continues an unbroken run of quality, helped by a great cast and a startlingly effective premise. This is seriously cool, stuffed with great dialogue and riddled with bullets.

****(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 27/03/2017

ree Fire seems so random and ultimately so frustrating to watch. There's the sense that the filmmakers are spraying bullets for the sake of it, with little idea of what they are actually aiming at.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 29/03/2017

Finally, a film that is as enjoyable to watch as it presumably was to make.

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 29/03/2017

Ben Wheatley’s thriller about a protracted gun battle, starring Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy, has no plot – but it’s smart, stylish and dazzlingly put together.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 30/03/2017

It’s bloody, brilliant and blackly comic.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30/03/2017

Free Fire is an exhilarating exercise in pure storytelling where Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump are fi ring on all cylinders.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 31/03/2017

Free Fire cements Wheatley and Jump’s reputation as the UK’s most vigorously anarchic film-making duo. Unlike their hapless protagonists, they actually hit their targets. You’ll laugh, you’ll wince, you’ll duck.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 02/04/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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