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1970s Thrillers and Tom & Jerry Cartoons Inspire Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire’

Director Ben Wheatley’s (


) latest film,

Free Fire

, is a 1970s-era crime thriller set almost entirely as one shootout in a giant warehouse.

“I wanted to get back to a kind of scale that I knew from 1970s and 80s cinema that was more character-based but it was also kind of procedural and physical – about cause and effect and physics, stuff like that,” Wheatley tells

Creative Review

. “But also, as much as it’s a crime film, it was looking at the kind of ‘kinetic’ cinema of the

Evil Dead

and Warner Bros’

Tom and Jerry


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