«Free Fire» - No-man’s land


The last film by the director of Kill List and Sightseers is presented today in the International Competition.

That Ben Wheatly is one of the directors of the moment is nothing new. The British filmmaker has shown his talent to impress and have the spectator gripped to the screen. It’s impossible to foresee what can happen in a film by Wheatly. His characters take incredible decisions. If one thinks they are going to some place, they end up going to another. And this is a reflection of his personality as filmmaker. Even if it’s his own script, one on request or the adaptation of a novel by J.G. Ballard, Wheatley defends an authorial view inside the genres as few have done in the last years.

 

Free Fire is inspired in an incredible real story. Members of the IRA- the Irish Army- were about to buy guns to drug dealers in an abandoned storehouse in Los Angeles in 1979. But something went wrong. The result is almost an hour and a half of shooting. Whitley says he was inspired by Asalto al precinto 13 – this immortal classic of low budget directed by John Carpenter in 1976- to solve this film esthetically and narratively, and the influence can be seen. Few characters, a cramped space, lots of bullets.

With this wonderful irony distinctive of the British cinema, and a very black humor, Wheatley makes his official debut in Hollywood through the front door. Produced by Martin Scorsese, the cast includes the last Oscar winning Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murhy, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley y Michael Smiley, the filmmaker’s pet actor.

Welcome to the 70s. Don’t forget to bring the bulletproof vest.


 

Screenings:
Today, Tues 22, 12.10 pm - AUD
Tues 22, 10.50 pm - AUD
Wed 23. 5.30 pm - AUD 


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