Four Lions 2010

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In this comedy, Omar is a devout Muslim living in the UK who wants to form a terrorist cell to bring forth a jihad against a 'sinful' culture. But he's not much of a leader and as he and his comrades debate methods, they ponder using birds as explosive devices and creating hip-hop communiqués!

Starring:
Kayvan Novak, Riz Ahmed
Runtime:
1 hour 37 minutes

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Four Lions

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Christopher Morris
Starring Kayvan Novak, Riz Ahmed
Supporting actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Preeya Kalidas, Alex MacQueen, Julia Davis, Craig Parkinson, Darren Boyd, Adeel Akhtar
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Donaldson on 15 Sep 2011
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comedy is all pervasive - even when it comes to the hot topic of religeous extremism and terrorism. the film isn't without its faults but its 5* simply based on its brave approach to the topic. nigel lindsay for me is especially brilliant in this. a must buy
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Wilsher on 7 Sep 2011
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Watched this hoping it would make me see how rediculous suicide bombers were. But unfortunately I liked the characters! There are some side-splitting moments that make me involuntarily giggle every time I think of them. (embarassing sitting on a bus!!!) Still too radical a subject for me, but an extremely well acted film. Poignant in placces too. Watch it with an open mind.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lat on 17 Oct 2011
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Lets start with the film itself before we review the dvd. Hilarious. No doubts. This was a risque subject matter but it was handled well. The bufoon bombers are typical uneducated who seriously dont have a clue why they are doing what they are doing and this probably goes to all these idiots that blow themselves up taking innocent lives with them. These people are cowards and this film exposes their cowardice in a laughable manner.

The character of Barry is priceless. Easily the funniest in the film. They should make a movie about the buffons in the BNP too and call that cowardly lions because I think a film exposing their idiocy needs to be done.

The dvd itself:- No commentary. Definately should have had a commentary track. The deleted scenes are hilarious too. Cannot understand why they were deleted other than timing reasons possibly but good to see these included.

Other extras include a few short making off interviews.

The cover is a bit offputting to any marketing campaign. In the front is a picture of a crow. In the back a character from the film dressed as an Ostrich. The title "Four Lions" but other than that nothing to explain what this film was all about. Very strange! Clearly bad campaigning for a great film.

I only bought it because I had seen it on television. If I did not know the subject matter I would not have a clue what this was all about.

However buy this as this is British comedy at its best
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 April 2011
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Chris Morris sees the worst in nearly everyone, he then ups the pace a little and records it. The result is usually unpleasant, often very funny, and sometimes an eye-opener. In Morris World everyone is stupid, self-serving or mendacious; many characters manage all three without breaking into a sweat. We are invited to laugh at the characters and not with them. However, laugh most of us do. The story of four West Riding Asian lads (plus a white convert from the Fred Kite school of organising) in their struggle to become suicide bombers should be anything but amusing, but where the human side mixes with the doctrinaire concept it is both amusing and touching. To varying degrees the purity of the Islamic background has been lost to the effects of living in a Western society; and both of these backgrounds exist in the main protagonists at the same time. The response of Police, intelligence services and British officials is scarcely more effective. It is undoubtedly black comedy of the blackest kind.

Those of you unable to follow West Riding accents are going find this film a strain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bluemoon on 9 Oct 2011
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Every now and then you find a film out of the blue that gives you a good laugh - this is one of them
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. Parker on 7 Oct 2011
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If you haven't seen this film you simply must!. It's British humour at it's best. One of the main characters went on to become a star in the TV series Sirens. The film when it was originally released was very controversial as it dealt with suicide bombers. The way the subject is turned round to make it humourous is very clever. Put it on your Christmas list!.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 27 Sep 2011
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A brilliant black comedy. Original and entertaining with a great cast of actors who portray a group of confused 'wannabe terrorists'. the great thing about this films is that all the characters are lovable, and so naive that you cant help but to like them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Liam Taylor on 9 April 2012
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The film is about a group of incredibly inept suicide bombers and their struggle to become martyrs. An interesting premise for a comedy but Four Lions makes it work fantastically. The film attracted lots of controversy and given the subject matter that is not surprising. It treads a fine line but one of the reasons it works is because it takes such a serious and controversial subject and has a bit of fun with it in a world where everyone is stereo-typically inept. It doesn't try to make a political statement (other than perhaps about free speech and that nothing should be off limits in the realm of comedy), it doesn't mock the victims or the jihadis, it even makes you care about the characters and it most importantly never forgets that it is a comedy pure and simple. To summerise this is one of the best comedies I've seen in a long time.
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