Four Lions (2010)
Critic Consensus: Its premise suggests brazenly tasteless humor, but Four Lions is actually a smart, pitch-black comedy that carries the unmistakable ring of truth.
In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar is disillusioned about the treatment of Muslims around the world and is determined to become a soldier. This is the most exciting idea Waj has ever heard. Opposed to Omar and everyone else on earth is the white islamic convert Barry. He'd realize he joined the cell to channel his nihilism -- if he had half the self knowledge of a duck. Faisal is the odd man out. He can make a bomb -- but he can't blow himself up just now coz his sick dad has "started eating newspaper." Instead he's training crows to fly bombs through windows. This is what Omar has to deal with. They must strike a decisive blow on their own turf but can any of them strike a match without punching himself in the face? … More
|Rating:||R (for language throughout, including some sexual references)|
|Directed By:||Christopher Morris, Christopher Morris IV, Chris Morris|
|Written By:||Christopher Morris IV, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell, Chris Morris|
|In Theaters:||Nov 5, 2010 Limited|
|On DVD:||Mar 8, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for Four Lions
[Morris's] new comedy has a provocative, ticklish premise -- five North England Muslims become suicide bombers, but can't decide who or what to take with them.
It's difficult to imagine a movie this boldly provocative about the underworld of violent jihad, much less one that actually inspires laughter.
The first feature, written and directed by satirist Chris Morris, may seem profane to some, but if you're doomed by watching it, at least you'll go down laughing.
A dark farce sitting somewhere between "Dr. Strangelove" and "Duck Soup." It will blow you away.
The film wisely doesn't try to explore the roots of religious fanaticism and how it can manifest as murder: Instead, it simply accepts the world as it is and focuses on the ridiculous.
Audience Reviews for Four Lions
Two nights before I watched 'Four Lions' I watched 'Peeping Tom' and the night before - 'Rashomon', two excedingly good films, perhaps they are the reason 'Four Lions' left me feeling cold and strangely enough, a feeling I'm not to familiar coming away from films feeling- annoyed at a missed chance (it's like 'Max Payne' again).
Don't get me wrong, 'Four Lions' had me laughing at some of it's jokes, but the serious turns its took at the end felt unneeded and quite frankly, desperate, trying to get a reaction from the audience as the main character martyr themselves, main characters that throughout the film I felt no empathy for, so why should I care?
'Four Lions' had what it needed to be good, a new innovative premise and the cast to do it, what it came up with was a cheap anything for laughs (oh wait we're serious now but no we're not?), uneven mess.
I could only make it half way through this...I do NOT get where the humor was in this. Not for me, obviously.
Four Lions Quotes
|Waj:||I think I might be confused, but I'm not sure.|
|Hassan:||I'm accidentally a suicide bomber!|
|Omar:||I may as you to blow yourself up, but I will never ask you to piss in your own mouth.|
|Barry:||You cannot win an argument just by being nice....Also, you cannot win an argument just by being right.|
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