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Almost excellent, but still pushing the boundaries of satire,
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.
Probably not the best thing Morris has ever done, but, let's face it, Morris on a bad day would beat 90% of stuff by other writers. I think challenging comedy as produced by Morris deserves wide public support - as the Onion demonstrated after the 9/11 attacks ('Holy ****ing ***t, America under attack') - frequently comedy and actually laughing at tragedy is the best way to start a dialogue and open up. Go out and see it, laugh, think.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2010 23:10:55 BDT
Mr. Anthony JONES says:
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2010 09:18:02 BDT
Maybe you could pose that wider question to the families of the 7/7 bombers? My answer would be that religion, and particularly fundamentalism of any type gets you to do some very stupid things in the expectation of eternal reward. Completely flawed logic and probably totally fictitious, but that hasn't stopped a few billion thus far believing.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2010 02:44:16 GMT
Mr. S. A. Brown says:
I don't think it's perfect, but some of the characters answer this question. "The Mal" for instance, is obviously supposed to be someone who's just doing it as part of a fad and bottles out of it at the last minute - which, personally, I think probably explains a lot of the people who are drawn to this sort of thing. Waj is doing it out of ignorance. Omar is doing it because in some twisted way he thinks it's the right thing to do and doesn't see any of the moderate Muslims (his brother) doing anything to help.
Like I say it's not a work of genius, but I wouldn't say it's just nonsense either. Clearly at least some thought has gone into the characters and their different motivations. Barry is just a pisstake and for me kind of ruined the film.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2011 18:36:56 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2011 00:29:33 BDT
Oh dear. Another conspiracy theorist amongst us. My advice - stay off the David Icke, Alex Jones, etc. That stuff is bad for your health Alvaro. I can assure you that there are not men dressed in owl suits in a room moving pawns around the world controlling every last action that pans out in our daily lives. Like religion, its reassuring to think that somehow this isn't a random walk and no one knows what's going on. That's what really scary.
Posted on 23 Apr 2011 01:48:22 BDT
mister joe says:
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2011 21:31:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2011 21:53:18 BDT
Looks like I've got a stalker who feels he's got to take issue with me because my opinions don't precisely correlate with his own. The joys of amazon reviews. Feel free to post to any of my other reviews mister Joe, safe in the knowledge that you will remain unfettered by my responses.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2011 23:40:07 BDT
mister joe says:
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2011 07:18:15 BDT
Peter Piper says:
Mr Joe is clearly one of those contrarians who only holds opinions about other people's opininions. Anyway, nice review! :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2015 19:05:04 GMT
probably because there is nothing in islam which promotes killing and suicide bombing - and most certainly no eternal reward as such. Don't educate yourself from TV and the internet my friend
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