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4.0 out of 5 stars Tragi-comedy, 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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Initial post: 21 Jul 2011 08:27:00 BDT
Al says:
It's filmed in Sheffield which is in South Yorkshire. Didn't Meadowhall and 'The Islamic Republic of Tinsley' give it away? And the accents have a distinctly Pakistani twang - not sure how many true Yorkshire accents you have heard....

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2011 15:29:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2011 15:30:54 BDT
When my lot lived in Sheffield in the 1860s it was West Riding, and be God it allus will be. Now we live in the cold hard North Riding dreaming of those happy lands and their sun-kissed towns and merry folk.
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