Four Lions (2010)
A group of young Muslim men living in Sheffield decide to wage jihad, and they hatch an inept plan to become suicide bombers. Omar and Waj have a brief, disastrous run at a Pakistan training camp, while Faisal works on an unlikely scheme to train birds to carry bombs.
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This movie was so-so. It had it's moments, but wasn't the greatest.
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
This film gets so many things right. Seems like the writer knows exactly what ails the Muslim society and this movie captures that brilliantly. The modern but Islamist wife, the pious and regressive but non-violent Islamic preacher, the white convert who is more hardcore in his jihad than the others, the run-of-the-mill kebab shop worker who supports jihad, the happy-go-lucky and unsuspecting co-worker from the security agency, the freely mingling drug-addicted white girl. If this isn't piercing satire, I don't know what is. One of the best movies I have ever seen.Also contains some brilliant dialogues like, "Bro, I think I might be confused but I am not sure."
Zero Stars.This film is awful. It relies on characters' ineptitude for humor just like The Graduate. I hated that film. I hate this one too. Unfunny, long, boring, with weird characters and zero character development. Bad Camera work.Not to mention, but that was some horrible accent they talked with. Do all the British immigrants talk like that?But a couple of good dialogs.Arrgghhh Wasted my time watching this.
By the look of the trailer, it seems like a great comedy ! I can't wait to see it, let's go! 2 minutes - and I am already laughing, heavy accents really add to the humour.15 minutes - the acting is amazing! Those jihad soldier wannabes idiots, they really look serious and genuine! It makes me grin even when I think about them haha.1h 17 minutes - it feels like the movie really slowed down with its humour... It's not boring, but not as good as it was at the beginning, that's for sure.OK... So when I have started watching it, my hopes went really high... it looked like it's going to be an amazing comedy. Unfortunately the humour was slowly fading with every minute after the first half of the movie. It was completely gone by the end of it... I had a feeling that they just run out of all possible, funny ideas... They had to finish it somehow though... so they've changed it into a drama!I still recommend it, as the first half of it was really good... I just wish it would stay like that up to the end...tgchan's rating: 6/10
Chris Morris is one of Britain's darkest satirists, and if you like your humour black, also among the funniest. And in 'Four Lions', his story of a squad of incompetent jihadists, there were several moments that had me in hysterics, as his idiotic protagonists' suicide missions are successful only in the narrowest of senses. But these moments are really simple comedy; the film's sense of genuine satire is much weaker, and you could replace Muslim terrorists with Nazis, the IRA, or communist revolutionaries without changing much of the sense of the movie. Indeed, one could argue that in spite of its subject, Morris has produced a perhaps his least offensive work - but still a very funny one.