Fifth about The Seventh

Free Fire

Free Fire: the title and marketing of Ben Wheatley’s actioner are not lying: there’s barely any time to know who those characters are (let alone what makes them tick) before the shooting starts, being interrupted every once in a while by inane, uninformative and unfunny splurts of dialogue. The characters are mere bags of meat, moving and shooting targets, but they are played by a fine, charming cast, having fun with the idea of just crawling around a dirty warehouse. Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley are the ones with more leeway to be more colorful and loud; Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy, on the other hand, are stuck with more bland characters. The film also lacks geographical clarity to most of the shootouts, so more often than not it’s hard to see who is shooting at whom; if that was a conscious choice, it was a bad one. The musical score, by Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, is quite interesting, and the costumes designed by Emma Fryer give it the proper sense of the period.

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