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  • Actors: Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar, Alex MacQueen, Kayvan Novak, Arsher Ali
  • Directors: Chris Morris
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M8OHVA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,453 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A handful of young men set out to take on the decadent West but are more of a threat to themselves than anyone else in this black comedy from the creator of Brass Eye, Chris Morris. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is a devout Muslim living in the United Kingdom who has decided to form a terrorist cell to bring forth a jihad against a culture he believes is dominated by the sinful and ignorant. However, Omar isn't much of leader, and he's assembled an unimpressive team of fellow terrorists, among them Waj (Kayvan Novak), who lacks the brainpower to come up with ideas or direction on his own; Faisal (Adeel Akhtar), who is shy and doesn't have much to say; and Barry (Nigel Lindsay), a recent convert to Islam who tries to make up for his lack of practical knowledge with fierce passion. As Omar and his comrades debate both doctrine and methods, they ponder such notions as using birds as explosive devices, creating video communiqués with a hip-hop flavor, and attacking mosques in an effort to provoke non-violent Muslims. But are Omar and his partners a legitimate threat to the safety of Great Britain, or just four half-bright twenty-somethings with more bluster than imagination?

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It really shouldn’t work. A black comedy that’s basically about four terrorists, planning an atrocity on UK soil? That’s surely a film that’s designed to wind up tabloid newspapers? In the wrong hands, it certainly could have been. But under the diligent stewardship of Chris Morris, Four Lions emerges as one of the best films of the year.

It’s a perfectly pitched, at times rightly uncomfortable comedy, that brings together a quartet of inept terrorists, who when we meet them, can’t even put a video together without it falling into farce. It’s an opening scene that sets up Four Lions perfectly. And led by the terrific Riz Ahmed and the scene-stealing Nigel Lindsay, the company of actors rise to the challenge that Chris Morris sets them.

Four Lions isn’t a perfect film, though. The tone is a little uneven at times, and it’s very much one that’s going to feel more at home on a television than a cinema screen. But it’s still a daring, risky and at times extremely funny piece of work. And it’s one not afraid to pull the rug on you, either, never shielding itself away from the undercurrents of its subject matter. It’s the most ambitious comedy in a long, long time, and it’s credit to all concerned that it works as well as it does. --Simon Brew

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald Donaldson on 15 Sept. 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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25 of 28 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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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. George Johnson VINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2013
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There's a enough reviews about the story and the synopsis covers all you need to know. There are moments of farcical comedy that have you laughing out out loud, moments of deep pathos and drama but I found the balance to be right. The characters so believable with a superb cast of which the character of Barry ( Nigel Lindsay ) is the most stunning, manages to have you screaming with laughter one minute and wanting him to get his just desserts the next.

The film obviously came out at the height of the frenzy the media had whipped up about terrorists lurking around every corner and it's uncomfortable in places, barbed and unpleasant but that's one of the hallmarks of work by Morris. Much like John Sullivan ( Only Fools and Horses ), superb master of pathos but Morris obviously pushing much darker subjects. I love the proposition from Morris that I think fits with what most sensible people think, yes there are psychotics who think the world is against them and their chosen cause, yes they are most certainly dangerous but they are a tiny, tiny badly organised minority that we simply need to be alert for, mostly to protect them from themselves.

If you've never seen of any of Morris's work before this is a superb place to start, his really dark tendencies held in check for the big screen. Easily one of the best dark satirical comedy films to be made in the UK in years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Dec. 2011
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It's a Chris Morris movie - what do you expect? Absolutely hilarious and extremely brave at the same time. An absolute classic piece of satire to rank with Brass Eye and The day Today.
The film isn't really about Islam, Jihad, Balti Britain, isolation of minorities, or anything like that - it's simply a story about a bunch of mates who have an idea but are a bit cr*p when it comes to the practicalities. "Last of the Summer Wine" was filmed just up the road....
Excellent characterisation where, as previously noted, one feels sympathy for these young men in their lack of reasoning ability to work out that what they are doing is not the only option. It is a rare film that has you thinking in this way while wiping tears of laughter from your eyes.
I can state from personal experience of looking after some prisoners with extremist views that the characters here are not exaggerated at all, especially Barry - the old saying from my Catholic childhood comes to mind - "watch the converts, they're a bit keen."
Oh, yes, laughter. For those who cannot see the humour:
"She's got a beard"
"Is a wookie a bear?"
"Can I have a blue puffin?"
"chicken drummer"
"Twelve bottles of bleach, please"
"Eh up, you unbelieving Kuffar b*stards, I'm gonna stir your baked beans"
"Shoulda gone Chicken Cottage", and of course...

"RUBBER DINGHY RAPIDS, BRO!"
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Wilsher on 7 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Friends fan VINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2012
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We first saw a bit of the back-end of this film when we turned over, waiting for our programme to start and thought it really funny - so made a mental note to look out for full film. Whilst I was purchasing something else on Amazon, it came up with this, amongst others, that I might like - how did it know I was looking for it - I never said? Anyway, it's absolutely fab. it starts off as any serious film would, but you soon realise that it is discreet comedy, taking a look at the lighter, definitely simpler side of some religious group's lives. It really is laugh after laugh with a serious bit of story going on. I cannot say what the story is or it would spoil it. All I can say is that it's not a Christian culture here, but it is very well portrayed and the writer is brilliant as are the actors in this. The only down side that in the making they did kill a sheep BY ACCIDENT. Go on, give it a whirl. If you have seen "In Bruge" and thought that was funny and very well written and acted, particularly Colin Farrel: then you'll really like this. On a similar par but where In Bruge was Irish, this is another culture.
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