★★★★★ - A Review by Cameron Kanachki
"Ugh, men." That's a hilarious quote from Brie Larson in Free Fire, one of the most insane films I've ever seen. Set in 1978 Boston, Larson plays Justine, a partner in an arms deal. Justine, along with Ord (played by Armie Hammer), Chris (played by Cillian Murphy), Stevo (played by Sam Riley), Bernie (played by Enzo Cilenti), & Frank (played by Michael Smiley), are buying guns from noted arms dealer Vernon (played by Sharlto Copley), & his associates: Martin (played by Babou Ceesay); Harry (played by Jack Reynor); & Gordon (played by Noah Taylor). The deal hits a snag when it is revealed that the wrong guns were being presented; however, Justine's group takes the weapons. However, another problem occurs: Harry beat up Stevo the night before after Stevo abused Harry's cousin. After Harry shoots at Stevo, tensions build, & a shootout of epic proportions occurs.
The cast is amazing. Ben Wheatley's direction is excellent. The screenplay by Ben Wheatley & Amy Jump is brilliant. The editing by Ben Wheatley & Amy Jump is excellent. And the production design by Paki Smith is stunning. This is the best film of the year so far.