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.

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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?
R (for language throughout, including some sexual references)
Comedy , Drama
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Riz Ahmed
as Omar
Arsher Ali
as Hassan
Adeel Akhtar
as Faisal
Julia Davis
as Alice
Wasim Zakir
as Ahmed
Mohammad Aqil
as Mahmood
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Critic Reviews for Four Lions

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (32)

[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.

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's difficult to imagine a movie this boldly provocative about the underworld of violent jihad, much less one that actually inspires laughter.

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

A dark farce sitting somewhere between "Dr. Strangelove" and "Duck Soup." It will blow you away.

Full Review… | January 6, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Four Lions is more interesting than riotous. Consider it an example - a well-paced, clever and understated compassionate example - of a filmmaker wrestling with fear.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

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Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

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I could only make it half way through this...I do NOT get where the humor was in this. Not for me, obviously.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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