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Four Lions 2010 Subtitles

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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 communiqus!

Starring:
Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Crime, Comedy
Director Christopher Morris
Starring Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali
Supporting actors Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar, Julia Davis, Craig Parkinson, Preeya Kalidas, Wasim Zakir, Mohammad Aqil, Karl Seth, Waleed Elgadi, Alex Macqueen, Shameem Ahmad, Jonathan Maitland, Marcus Garvey, Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Adil Mohammed Javed, Benedict Cumberbatch
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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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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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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OK, so film/picture quality aside, the content is pure genius!

A colleague recommended the film to me on the basis of the type of films I would find funny and I have to say this was spot on. It was dry and surprising and at one point I laughed so much I had to pause it to get my breath back.

Dont take it too seriously- its a 3 DVD, enjoy it for the comedy and the ending!

Deleted scenes are brilliant- they shouldnt have been deleted!
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This film is about a group of Jihadist friends in Sheffield who plan to martyr themselves. Sounds hilarious, right? Well, bizarrely, it pretty much works. In taking on the subject, you've got to suspect Morris has deliberately decided to take the bull by the horns on the debate as to whether anything should be off limits in the world of satire and comedy. His willingness to make us question the absurdity of the received wisdom on subjects is precisely why he is such an important film maker. Everyone will remember his Brass Eye special "Paedo Britain" which absurdly had Government Minsters outraged - despite not actually having sat down and watched it through.

The film has courted controversy and some of the 7/7 families have asked people not to support it. This is totally understandable. Morris clearly isn't condoning suicide bombings with this film, but where he's been very successful and clever is that he's not mocking the Jihadists either. Its a fine line to walk, and aside from perhaps the overly dumb characterisation of Waj (Omar's best friend) and Fassel (who wants to deliver bombs by mounting them on crows) the film works very well as a black comedy - there was plenty of laughter tonight in Cineworld Cardiff, and its quite something to get an audience to belly-laugh when someone detonates themselves. Thankfully the more awkward 'dumb lines' (what are those rabbits doing here / its a chicken bro, etc) are limited to the first 30 minutes of the film. From then on, the film finds its groove and the characterisation becomes more credible, with Riz Ahmed as Omar really carrying the film - he manages to combine the poignancy of his family knowing about his Jihadist calling whilst simultaneously avoiding either schmultz or steering the film away from its satirical core.
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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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There are many, many funny moments in Four Lions, but I kept having to ask myself, should I be laughing at this? As the story unfolds it pokes mercilessly at Muslims, dozy Brits, and the police with their "Shoot first, ask questions later" policy shown toward the latter stages of the film. In this it is somewhat disturbing but at the same time somehow manages to be side splittingly funny. The sheep martyr, exploding crow and heimlich maneuver scenes are just some of the many highlights for me.

I'd recommend it, just don't show it to people you know who insist on political correctness.
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