In a recent interview to promote his shoot-'em-up movie "Free Fire," director Ben Wheatley says he mapped out the movie's main location, an abandoned factory warehouse on the Boston docks, using the video game Minecraft.
That's just one of the games being played in this offbeat movie, a volatile comedy-drama that wants to be taken seriously up to the moment that it doesn't.
Set in Boston in 1978 — though that's never clearly stated, and viewers have to go by visual clues like license plates and lapel widths — the story centers on an illegal deal being made in a dockside location. Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley) have cash to buy M-16s to take back to their comrades in Ireland. Loudmouth Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and his numbers-crunching partner, Martin (Babou Ceesay), have the guns.