Wheatley and wife/fellow screenwriter Amy Jump have no grand intentions with Free Fire other than offering up an exciting piece of action genre filmmaking.

So the story of a gun deal gone wrong in a deserted warehouse in 70s Boston, is simplicity itself. What makes the film the enjoyable experience it is, comes courtesy of an entertaining script that ensures that the lengthy shoot out is punctuated with funny one liners as the bickering continues while the bullets fly.

A ridiculously good cast impress with Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Jack Reynor and Enzo Cilenti all proof of the pull that Wheatley now has as an actor's director.

It would perhaps be unfair to pick anyone out of that line-up but Hammer and Copley are especially enjoyable to watch.

Not perhaps the John Woo inspired bullet ballet some may hope for, this is a down and dirty affair, where every gunshot wound matters, captured in a visceral and striking way by an on-form Laurie Rose.

Anyone hoping for depth will be disappointed, and there are the occasional moments where the film threatens to stall but fans of action cinema should hopefully find much to admire.

An enjoyable adrenaline rush of a movie.

Free Fire (15)

1h 31m

Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley, Enzo Cilenti, Michael Smiley

UK Release: Friday 31st March 2017

Free Fire: "Outside Warehouse" Clip

Free Fire: "Testing the Merchandise" Clip