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With relentless action, 'Free Fire' takes comic aim at the foibles of men

With relentless action, 'Free Fire' takes comic aim at the foibles of men

Set in late-’70s Boston, the ferocious, funny and relentless “Free Fire” places a group of shady characters in a deserted warehouse for the sale of a few cases of machine guns. A personal dispute between two of the least important people in the deal, guys just there to move boxes, quickly escalates from yelling to fists to handguns to everyone there in a full-fledged shootout.

Once the shooting starts, the movie becomes a nostop battle. Amid the chaos, eventually one low-level hoodlum yells out that he can’t remember which side he’s on.

“Free Fire” is directed by Ben Wheatley, who co-wrote and edited the film with his wife, Amy Jump. The partnership between the two...

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