on Free Fire
Let’s be honest, if you’ve seen Free Fire
, you’ll know it’s not particularly like a lot of the 1970’s crime films that, on the face of it, Ben Wheatley
’s movie would sit alongside. This pulpy, lean slice of comic violence owes more to the early 90’s stylistics of down’n’dirty Tarantino than to Scorsese or Friedkin, but given i’ts set in the 70’s, was executive produced by Martin Scorsese
, and certainly has plenty of now retro-connections to that decade, this seems a good place to analyse Free Fire
in the context of the crime pictures of that decade. Where does it fit? Should it fit at all? Or should it rather tuck in behind Reservoir Dogs
and, anachronistically, exist slightly out of the time it’s very much rooted in?
Crime thrillers of the 1970’s, for a start,