Free Fire was one of the best movies we saw at SXSW this year, and it is an absolute delight to see on the big screen. We’d recommend you’d get your passes now and get to the Brattle as early as possible on that day, because you’re not going to want to miss this one, especially with a packed house full of film nerds. There’ll be much hooting and hollering, we can guarantee you that.
And if the prospect of being one of the first Boston audiences to see Free Fire isn’t enough, director Ben Wheatley will be there in person for a Q&A after the screening. You’ll want to stick around for that — he’s wickedly funny and has loads of great anecdotes about the making of his films. Hell, we’ll give a Vanyaland no-prize to the person who asks him a question about his psychedelic Medieval mushroom horror movie A Field in England (which you should most definitely watch) during the Q&A. Seriously (not really).
Here’s a Free Fire synopsis:
“Set in Boston in 1978, Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer). What begins as a transaction of guns ends up an arms deal gone wrong, when shots are fired in the handover. With one side not wanting to take the guns they think were mistakenly ordered and the other still wanting the cash they’re owed, the separate groups are forced to band together in a heart-stopping (and sometimes hilarious) game of survival.”
If you can’t make it, Free Fire hits theaters everywhere on Friday, April 21.