Ben Wheatley's Free Fire is a streamlined, no-holds-barred, action comedy which wastes little time in diving headfirst into its brutal action and comedy lynchpins, delivering a gleeful mixture of masculinity-dripping violence and uncouth humor that should be enjoyed by fans of that type of thing. Taking place almost entirely in one location, an abandoned warehouse, Free Fire details a arms sale gone wrong, with two gangs soon finding themselves in a shootout, which both comically and brutally transforms into a game of survival for all individuals involved. Early on, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire shows a great sense of escalation, detailing how these two groups of gangs are on high alert, with the slightest incident sending them to a point of near eruption, as both parties involved show little trust for the other in this world of criminals. When the violence does erupt, for debatablly trivial reasons, it comes furiously, leaving every character on both of the sides of the aisle injured in some form of another, each of which crawling around, screaming at each other - the equivalent of a bunch of children fighting in a sandbox, throwing a fit over who is to blame for this arms deal gone so wrong. Relying heavily on the performances of its actors, most notably Sharlto Copley, Free Fire exhibits the utter stupidity of violence in a very unique way, displaying a group of hooligans who comically fight to survive, with Wheatley placing little emphasis on establishing the good guys and the bad guys in this chaotic display of survival, instead focusing on the utter absurdity of these characters, laughing about how so much death was caused over such a stupid inciting incident. Fast-paced, brutal, and very funny, Free Fire finds Ben Wheatley return to a more playfully toned film, than his previous efforts, with Free Fire taking up the mantra of 'There is no honor among thieves", and using it to deliver a truly entertaining romp where a bunch of low-level criminals whom the viewer doesn't really care about, which isn't a bad thing given the comedic intentions of the film, fight for survival.
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