‘Free Fire’ Clip: Sharlto Copley Is ‘a Rare and Mysterious Jewel’
Free Fire, Ben Wheatley’s gangster movie that’s essentially a big group of characters played by a bunch of fantastic actors shooting and shouting at each other for 90 minutes, is about to hit theaters, and if you need more incentive than that description to go see it, a short, hilarious clip has just hit the internet.
This clip, courtesy of The Playlist, occurs after the part of the movie when all the characters have been shooting at each other for a while, so everyone looks pretty grungy and exhausted. The only person not on their last legs seems to be Sharlto Copley, outfitted with his own cardboard body armor to guard against germs. As he explains to his buddy, played by Jack Reynor, it’s not the bullet that kills you, but the resulting bacterial infection. I’m sure Reynor loves that mental image.
In his review, our Matt Singer described Free Fire as “like a really bloody Looney Tunes” that, for all its audaciousness in its concept, gets steadily more boring as it goes on. But a feature-length shootout featuring the likes of Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and more has gotta be something to see.
Set in a colorful yet gritty 1970s Boston, “Free Fire” opens with Justine, a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris and shifty South African gun runner Vernon. What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on Battle Royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves.
Free Fire hits theaters April 21.