Free Fire is the story of two small gangs meeting in an abandoned warehouse for an arms deal.
The transaction should be quick and easy, but there is an immediate mutual antipathy among the criminals.
Each of them cannot stand others’ methods and attitudes, barely kept together by a girl acting as a mediator.
In addition, mutual distrust is increasing, as weapons result different from those granted in their agreements.
Finally, when the two of them recognize each other for a brawl that happened the night before, a furious fight immediately starts.
The fight rapidly escalates into a shootout with numerous wounded on both sides.
All of them are bloody injured and well-armed, letting themselves go to anger and resentment. Henceforth, stuck in the warehouse with no way out, they firmly intend to kill each other.
90 minutes of Mexican stall
Free Fire is a great action movie with a heart-beating Mexican stall between exaggerated and hilarious characters.
Their small, initially funny, personal delusions and phobias grow exponentially to the point of slaughter.
Then all their differences in elegance, intelligence, or ignorance and ugliness vanish into thin air.
Under the guns’ fire, they all become democratically aching bodies fighting to survive, getting a bullet every time they try to move.
The shootings are spectacular and fun simultaneously, with the same macabre humor as movies like Reservoir Dogs.
Pride and Prejudice with automatic weapons
The warehouse where they were supposed to conclude the deal then becomes a universe on the verge of inevitably collapsing on itself.
Starting from a stupid petty argument, the fundamental wickedness inherent in the protagonists comes out uncontrollable.
Even if divided into two barricades, they also end up fighting each other regardless of which gang they belong to.
The movie is a tragic death dance full of international stars.
They seem, initially, to be the most rational of all the eccentric lunatics they are surrounded by, and it even seems a chance of romance can be possible between them.
Both have an authoritarian and irritating attitude in their contempt for everyone else, leaving their prejudices to lead them into final madness.
Finally, it’s amusing the character of the drug addict and unfortunate Sam Riley.
The boy, indeed, is the spark starting the fire between the two gangs.
Recognized for scarring a relative of a rival, he insults and mocks his enemies by triggering the uproar.
A director, a guarantee
Ben Wheatley confirms his talent for directing movies with mean characters stylized in a perfectly cinematic way.
His writing commitment exploded at the highest level with Kill List, and then he went on to other great jobs like High-Rise or A Field in England.
These stories are very different in genre, development, and content.
As is always the case for true authors, they are connected to his worlds and characters’ elegant and realistic vision.
His dialogues’ naked wickedness are always perfectly balanced with a story able to fascinate from the first moments.
Free Fire is its biggest commercial success, talking about just over $3 million dollars against a minimal budget.
Therefore, Wheatley is a director who needs our help to grow his fame and help him continue his exceptional career.