Four Lions (2010)
Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots.
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If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.
This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
Story: It's very simple but honestly that is fine.
Directed by Chris MorisStarring Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak and Nigel Lindsey Plot Overview: A group of young Muslim men living in Sheffield decide to wage jihad, and they hatch an inept plan to become suicide bombers. Omar (Riz Ahmed) and Waj (Kayvan Novak) have a brief, disastrous run at a Pakistan training camp, while Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) works on an unlikely scheme to train birds to carry bombs. Their ill-conceived plan culminates at the London Marathon with their bumbling attempts to disrupt the event while dressed in outlandish costumes.This movie is enjoyable if you can take offence and actively enjoy dark humour. This movie is very offensive but if you can take that you will have a great time. All the characters are funny and memorable and its a brilliant modern satire that is perfect in the current climate of today. The story is this movie is just purely a satire and is one of the best modern satires in recent memory. The ending is just plain flawless and I couldn't fault it in any way shape or form. It's a story that wouldn't win Oscars or anything but it definitely serves its purpose and is especially helpful in the way the world is right now.Riz Ahmed was good as Omar as was Karvan Novak as Waj. Nigel Lindsey was amazing as Barry and is just such a brilliant character. Adeel Akhtar was alright as Faisal. Arsher Ali was fine as Hassan. Every character in this movie was distinct and memorable and you will certainly not forget any of them. Barry is a personal favourite but every single character still has purpose and is fun in their own unique way.Technically, this movie is mostly poor. The cinematography is awful but that may have been a stylistic choice. If that is the case, then fair enough but until then it's pretty poorly done. The effects were pretty poor and the set design was very generic but the costume design is absolutely flawless.This movie told a, simply put, genius satire and may be the best in the past decade or so. It was clever, it was witty and it was perfect for the time it was written. It was very funny and I would say around 60% of the jokes hit which is definitely a positive. The remaining 40%, however, felt very forced and cringey.In conclusion, this movie is very enjoyable if you enjoy dark humour and can take it. If you can't, then you will definitely hate this movie.7/10Would Recommend if you can take Offensive humour
A film not given its full credit due to its "controversial" content. From rubber dingy rapids to blowing up the internet to Barry (the most extreme member of the gang) it is hilarious. Will probably come with an advisory warning in the near future and what a shame that will be.A MUST SEE
Christopher Morris' spoof of a bungling Muslim terrorist cell is brilliant and an instant cult classic. By virtue of its non-stop laughs, Four Lions is ostensibly a comedy. What separates it from other movies of the genre is the depth of character development and the characters' well-defined interrelations. The power struggle between Omar and Barry is palpable, as is the mutual fondness of cousins Waj and Omar. Ne'er-do-well Faisal and his crow almost brought me to tears. I even found myself rooting for Omar's boss, who proves himself to be truly lovable despite his limited screen time. Another divergence from the typical comedy is the films' strong plot-line and classically tragic resolution. Four Lions is a gem and not to be missed.
The film as a comedy is patchy throughout with its main strength being the actors that play their characters dead pan. Their are comic moments that make you chuckle but this is no comedy.What it falls down in is that it depicts those radicals as morons and ill educated losers trying to get recognition.The sad fact is that while there are members that may fit this profile they are the fodder that become perpetrator and victim. The majority of those in charge are intelligent, educated and many from Britain come from middle or upper class families.Comedy is said to be the art of taking a serious subject and making it funny. This may have funny moments but it does a dis-service as comedy has to have a centre of truth which is lost in this film.Are we seriously to believe that an educated woman with a child and a career would quite happily support her husbands wish to die as a martyr ? Are we supposed to believe that these characters are so stupid that they are prepared to, without thought, sacrifice their friends while committing a senseless indiscriminate act of mass murder at a marathon. Moslems jog too you know.No, the real truth is that most suicide bombers are in their teens or are single men or women who have been conditioned to believe that their only contribution in life is to die for a cause they do not fully understand. However, in the background mainly older men are prepared to accept their sacrifice while continuing into old age and savouring the joys of life they have denied to their lesser cohorts.