REVIEW – FREE FIRE

REVIEW – FREE FIRE: It’s like Reservoir Dogs if they hadn’t left the bank.

Some films have great shoot outs. Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino, John Woo turns it up to eleven. The Wild Bunch is probably the acme. But Free Fire is basically just the shoot out. When a gun deal goes wrong between a bunch of Irish terrorists and a South African arms dealer, a free for all ensues. The causus belli actually has nothing to do with the deal. Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Michael Smiley, Patrick Bergin and Babou Ceesay are all good. The dialogue by Amy Jump is hilarious and tastes of cement and gun powder.

Ben Wheatley has quietly stacked up quite a resume. From his dark gothic Kill List to the comic verve of Sightseers. Free Fire might not have made the biggest commercial splash on its release, but it is destined to cult classic status. Go see it.

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A FIELD IN ENGLAND: REVIEW

















ENGLANDBen Wheatley makes English films that are better than the English films made by Richard Curtis and John Madden. After the gothic gangsters of Kill List and the serial killing caravaneers of Sightseers, his latest is A Field in England, a kind of ‘Shroom Finder General, written by Amy Jump.  


Reece Shearsmith (of comedy group The League of Gentleman) is the coward, Whitehead, who in fleeing from a battle in the English Civil War finds himself, with two unlucky companions, in a search for treasure in an endless and inescapable field, goaded on by the demonic Irishman, O’Neill (Michael Smiley). The script is witty, the black and white photography stunning and the whole thing is mad – occasionally maddening – but entertainingly hallucinatory and mad dogs and Englishman mad.  It might not be for everybody, but f*ck you, I’m not everybody.