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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!

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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
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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By Martyn VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2014
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This film has to go down as one of the great directoral successes, bearing in mind it takes on the current issue of Islamist terrorism and manages to do so in a way that is thought-proving and includes real humour and pathos.

The brilliant Riz Ahmed leads a small mis-matched band of UK jihadists which, via a disastrous sojourn to Afghanistan, plus losing one or two members along the way, reaches the point of no return...

The film is at all times riveting, and contains many moments of laugh-out-loud humour, but never forgets its core message - its main characters are portrayed as real people, and, particularly in Ahmed's case, very likeable, but fundamentally and tragically misguided.

This film ranks alongside Doctor Strangelove as one of the greatst black comedies of all time.
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I watched this after reading an editorial arguing that the world needs more popular media lampooning and satirizing religious fanaticism. These forms of expression are what humans have employed for eons to express disagreement, to criticize, defuse, entertain and amuse, incite change in actions and beliefs of institutions, people but seem notably missing in this area / topic
I really enjoyed this movie. In a certain manner it reminded me a little of The Full Monty in that there was a group of men who are possibly described as not exactly critical thinkers determined to carry out something.
We need more movies and popular media like this to put the whole situation in perspective and to offer a different point of view.
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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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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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This film is a must see for so many reasons. First, it is extremely funny. While much of the comedy is very dark, there are also many laugh-out-loud moments and just as many subtle jokes that you might miss the first time round.

Second, the film is superbly acted and put together - Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar, Arsher Ali and Nigel Lindsay are all fantastic in the starring roles, but are well supported by Preeya Kalidas, Julia Davis and others. Overall, Lindsay is the standout - his casting and portrayal of Barry is just inspired.

Third, the script is actually a very clever and thoughtful dissection of all of the issues surrounding radicalisation. The plot is quite deliberately littered with contradictions, hypocrisy and stereotyping in all directions. Omar's relationships with his family, who are all aware of his ambitions, and his disturbing control over his best friend Waj are all especially well played out. The conclusion is convincing, not least for the final analysis of the resolve of the group and its members.
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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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