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Very Funny, BUT Worryingly Realistic.
30 September 2018
1) Very funny in places.
2) Barry the Convert
1) Worryingly Realistic
2) Portrayal of children and families being radicalised
3) Incompetence of the Police
4) Low value on human life
This is a very funny film, if very worrying. It's worrying on so many levels. For example, how seemingly easy it is for stupid people with a disaffection for what they see are an affront to their beliefs, to think of taking innocent people's lives. It's worrying that people who may greet you in the street could be harbouring violent and evil prejudices against the very country that houses and cares for them. It worries me that as the film portrays, there could be sick people who are encouraging violence and perverting innocent young minds. It worries me that our Police are not the amazing sleuths and guardians of our way of life, due to an almost impossible task and limited and diminishing funding.
Worries aside, the film did make me laugh, especially at the white muslim, brother, Barry, who is the most dangerous of all the jihadis. The jihadis consist of: Barry, the most dangerous because he's incredibly stupid and has achieved nothing in his life so is seeking infamy. The leader Omar, is a family man, with a State Registered Nurse as a wife, and a young boy whose mind he corrupts with evil and violence. Faisal, the crackpot, who believes he can train crows to commit suicide whilst carrying explosives. Waj, the simpleton, who has a limited intellectual ability and will follow any command without a thought. This is what scares me the most, that there are plenty of people like this, waiting for their limited powers of reasoning to be exploited.
I'm not a muslim, but I can see what is happening in this world, yet, I have never had a thought of hurting anyone who's opinion I disagree with. The problem is that in many developing countries, life is cheap. Religion is an excuse for people who want to commit atrocities. No religion advocates violence towards others (except the Jewish Old Testament). Human life is sacred, and this film, cheapens it, albeit, it is funny. However, I think that trivialising it sends out the wrong message.
I don't want to ruin the plot, but I think it's definitely worth watching, unlike my previous selection "Making Out" which was the worst film I've ever watched and turned off to watch Four Lions.