Brie Larson isn’t a nice girl in the bonkers trailer for Free Fire

The Oscar winner opens fire.

Brie Larson in Ben Wheatley's Free Fire
She's got a shooter! Brie Larson in Ben Wheatley's Free Fire Image Picture Film4/StudioCanal

Brie Larson is following up her Oscar-winning performance in Room with a blood-drenched role in acclaimed Brit director Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire.

Set in 70s Boston, Larson plays Justine, an arms dealer who brokers a deal between Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley’s Irish gangsters and Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer’s rival crooks.

Naturally, things boil over quickly and an insane gunfight erupts in the warehouse.

Basically, it’s all a bit like a more brutal, extended version of that classic Naked Gun shootout.

Martin Scorsese is executive producing the film, giving it plenty of behind-the-camera cred, while the supporting cast also features Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Babou Ceesay and Noah Taylor.

This being a Wheatley film, it’ll be very much a love it or hate it affair. Those who’ve seen his previous offerings like Sightseers, Kill List, A Field in England and High-Rise will know he’s an acquired taste.

Free Fire like it’ll be just as crazy as the rest of them.

The film just held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and already opinion is divided. Here’s a selection of assorted film critic tweets on the matter…

You’ll be able to judge for yourself when Free Fire opens in cinemas in March 2017.

Watch the Free Fire trailer below:

 

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn