7:30 PM, 18th August, 2017
Baby (Elgort) is in debt to criminal mastermind Doc (Spacey). A debt he is steadily paying off by acting as the getaway driver for heists planned by Doc and executed by his gang of ruthless crooks. Unfortunately for Baby, he is far too good at his job, and as the end of his indenture is in sight, Doc threatens the life of Baby’s new love Deborah (James) if he leaves the gang. Needless to say, this doesn’t sit well and Baby finds himself fighting for their lives the only way he knows how: behind the wheel.
Baby Driver is a cult film in the making. It moves to the beat of its own drum (literally at times, with a magnificent soundtrack of pop and rock hits spanning the past half decade), turning a parade of cheesy B-movie clichés into something that feels fresh at every turn.
Legendary writer-director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) has outdone himself, bringing his trademark sense of style and fun to what could have been dark and drab material in any other hands.
9:33 PM, 18th August, 2017
What would you rate in a list of cinema’s best shoot-outs? Classic film fans would almost certainly throw The Wild Bunch and Taxi Driver into the mix. The golden age of recent cinema gives us Heat and The Matrix, whilst modern cinema lovers would talk about Inglorious Basterds and John Wick. But what if almost the whole movie was just one long shootout scene? Well, that’s the basic premise that director Wheatley has gone with in Free Fire.
The scene is set early, with a deal between a couple of IRA soldiers and some gun dealers facilitated by a businesswoman. But a petty feud between two of the less intelligent backup musclemen causes a spark that just escalates into the real show: one of the craziest, funniest and longest gunplays you’ve ever seen onscreen.
There’s so much to love about this movie. The characters are largely played for laughs. The gunplay is so anarchic that you will be doing well to keep track of who is where, but that level of muddled-ness works so well. And the level to which some of these guys can stay alive despite the number of bullet and otherwise induced injuries they get is just absurd (in a good way).
If you like a bit of chaotic joy, then don’t miss Free Fire!