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A Gleefully Grisly 85-Minute Gunfight: 'Free Fire'

This "agreeably amoral comic thriller" about a weapons deal gone wrong might be, according to critic Chris Klimek, "the most realistic movie gun battle ever."
Polyester Posse: Ord (Armie Hammer), Justine (Brie Larson), Chris (Cillian Murphy), Stevo (Sam Riley) and Frank (Michael Smiley) walk the walk. Source: Kerry Brown

The cinema began as a medium of pure titillation, so it's unlikely Ben Wheatley's agreeably amoral comic thriller Free Fire is the movies' first-ever feature-length gunfight. I sure can't think of another one, though. An account of a weapons deal up north that quickly goes south, the movie's taut 85 minutes unfold in something close to real time in

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