Four Lions Reviews
January 29, 2015
Finding humour in the blackest of subjects, Four Lions is a disturbingly hilarious tale of a quartet of woeful terrorists. Full review later.
January 29, 2015
Black comedy with great characters and some hysterical one-liners. Plenty of laughs in this "of-its-time" movie. And underneath the laughs some smart, insightful observations on modern Britain. See it!
January 19, 2015
Laughing at wannabe terrorists, that's a brilliant idea ! The acting is very good and the characters are a lot of fun, you laugh just looking at their confused or angry faces. And when they start speaking with their accent and english slang (or even rap !) that's even funnier than Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G. I laughed throughout the entire movie, but I whish it was even more hilarious. It's a good and original comedy still. Eventhough I'm not a huge fan of british humor, some of their comedies are definitely worth checking.
January 9, 2015
Given the recent string of violent attacks that began with the assault on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo due to religious extremism, a look into this movie seems more than appropriate. Four Lions is a black comedy that serves as a satire on the jihadist movement by highlighting the absurdity of a group of British Muslims with dreams of terrorism. The movie follows a group of wannabe, jihadist idiots led by Omar (Riz Ahmed), his slow best friend Waj (Kayvan Novak), the high-strung Muslim convert Barry (Nigel Lindsay), the group's pushover Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) and newest recruit Hassan (Arsher Ali).
Director and writer Chris Morris spent around three years researching everything he needed to know while writing the script, even going so far as to send the completed script to a former Guantanamo Bay detainee for input, with the result being an absurd and hilarious movie from start to finish. As the group attempts to make their mark in the Mujahideen by planning a bombing in London, ranging from several options of bombing a Boots store - a popular health and beauty pharmacy chain in the United Kingdom - to a mosque - yes, a mosque -, the movie turns into a look at the possibility of what would happen if a bunch of utterly clueless individuals take a morbid interest in extremism.
With a smile on their face, the entire group have delusions of grandeur stemming from their fanatic, fringe beliefs on how Islam is supposed to work, and how they go attempting to achieve the status they believe could be attained by proving themselves as devout Islam jihadists against the capitalistic Western world... and condoms. The jokes range from Barry's silly anti-surveillance tactics and to Waj training crows as suicide bombers. Quoting a particular scene would be me taking the fun out of those reading this from enjoying the movie.
With a script as smooth as the feathers of a blown-up crow and despite how well Four Lions functions as a contemporary satirical movie, the jokes might be lost on those who don't understand the nuances of the subject matter that Chris Morris tackles or the idiosyncrasies of the characters in relation to religious extremism. It certainly helped that the cast were superb in their respective roles, with Riz Ahmed turning into an established actor in later films such as Nightcrawler (2014) and a charismatic performance in The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2011), which had also tackled terrorism and the Muslim identity in a post-9/11 world from a more serious perspective.
December 29, 2014
Jihadist satire movie that has some dull moments and awkward jokes. Still the movie succeeds in being funny and satirical more often then not.
December 27, 2014
most under-rated movie I've ever seen.
November 25, 2014
I would place this in the heirarchy of black comedies. It is up there with Dr. Strangelove and M*A*S*H.
November 2, 2014
slapstick comedy at its best!!plenty of cheesy & witty dialogues and some crazy light hearted comedy by a bunch of crazy jihaadis
March 17, 2011
One of the better dark comedies I have seen
September 29, 2014
I wish i hadn't seen this film so could watch it again.
December 14, 2013
FOUR LIONS is an excellent send-up of Islamic fundamentalists, particularly of the British variety, but the narrative is a bit scattershot and the ending could have been better. Overall, there were lots of individual scenes and situations which were hilarious, but they often felt strung together and episodic. Still, it was a really ballsy film that should get laughs out of you. On a side note, watch for a cameo by Benedict Cumberbatch.
February 11, 2013
funny in theory, then tragic.
August 29, 2014
One of the funniest, most underated comedy. Definitely haram in Malaysia...
February 1, 2011
Four incompetent British Jihadists strive to become suicide bombers in this funny and razor edge satire. Omar is played straight, a family man who wants to be a soldier. His friends are however, less than educated and they spend the whole movie trying to figure out what to take with them. Some parts of the movie are downright hilarious, and sometimes the jokes miss their mark. Its powerful ending and message are enough to make it more memorable than it should be.
November 13, 2013
June 16, 2014
Unfunny and tasteless.
August 5, 2012
Rubber dinghy rapids bro!
May 5, 2014
Four Lions ultimately squanders its potential with its uneven style of humour.
May 3, 2014
Overall, the movie reaches its objectives to be lightly provocative, but there are situations that raise my eyebrows, such as how unconvincing to me is Omar's family
March 16, 2014
This film effectively is a big piss take of the terrorists who have been bombing western civilization since Madrid, 9/11 and 7/7. Going into this film you must not take it seriously and if you don't it is a highly entertaining black comedy with some brilliant characters and hysterical scenes