As the festival rages on up in Toronto, we’re going to start getting trailers from the films that have tentative dates to try to whip up some excitement. Despite a recent announcement that the film won’t be out until March 2017, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire is one of those films, trying to show itself as a fun shoot-’em-up.
Set in the 1970s, the film follows two gangs of criminals, brought together by planner Justine (Academy Award-winner Brie Larson), who plan on an ordinary weapons sale in an abandoned warehouse. When a disagreement occurs, the meeting dissolves into a massive free-for-all shootout, filled out with blood, gore, and betrayals.
This is exactly the type of trailer this film needs. It’s funny, action-packed and tightly edited. Coupled with good, if not great, reviews out of TIFF (the negative reviews found it too violent for this day and age), it’s the type of film that should be a big hit and a breath of fresh air in the middle of the bleak winter season. The film also stars Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley and Jack Reynor, and while there is no solid U.S. release, I would expect it in March 2017, to coincide with the U.K. release. You can watch the red-band trailer below, and the clean trailer below that.