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Four Lions (2010)

Will Adamsdale , Adeel Akhtar , Christopher Morris  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Will Adamsdale, Adeel Akhtar
  • Directors: Christopher Morris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H83IIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Four Lions" on IMDb

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A whip-smart, slapstick comedy, Chris Morris’ Four Lions takes aim at Jihadi suicide bombers and illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. Follow five inept aspiring terrorists on their quest to strike a blow, and how they demonstrate that terrorism may be about ideology, but it can also be about idiots.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I get twelve bottles of bleach please... May 4, 2011
One of those films that took me by complete surprise, `Four Lions' is a pitch perfect `dark comedy' that delivers one laugh after another with an unexpected touch of poignancy that elevates the material to create something special.

`Four Lions' details the haphazard terrorist plot conceived by five dimwitted Jihadi suicide bombers. Mainly focusing on three conflicting personalities (Omar, Waj and Barry), `Four Lions' takes a stab at the root (or roots) of terrorism; exposing the allegiance and trivial stupidity that steeps itself in the act. Omar and Barry butt heads from the start. Both are leaders (self-proclaimed as they may be) and both expect a degree of servitude. Omar is arrogant, considering himself superior in intellect (and most likely he is), while Barry is abrasive and condescending in his own right; using his brutish demeanor to demand a faux respect. Waj is more of a simpleton; completely confused by his own allegiance. He wants to believe in something but he can't commit his heart to their actions. Instead, he becomes a pawn; taken advantage of by the more dominant personalities. By focusing on these three characters, `Four Lions' shows the polar sides of terrorism; the way that influence can overtake both and strong and the weak. As these characters devise their plot against oppression, they struggle to explain themselves and thus struggle to convince themselves that what they are doing is really the right thing to do.

As an intellectual piece, `Four Lions' is far smarter and deeper than one may expect. It is a blatant farce, an unapologetic comedy and yet it is laced with such stark realism. That said, it is the comedic shamelessness that really makes this film so incredible.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FEROCIOUS FARCE March 10, 2011
Chris Morris co-wrote and directed a very dark, shockingly wicked, tour de force about four inept British would-be suicide bomber jihadists. This ferocious farce grabbed me immediately. Terrorism can be as much about idiots as ideology. Here's a brilliant film that does not flinch or blink in the face of the horrific reality of our times. Can urgent truth be funny? Yes. Time called it "The blackest, ballsiest political comedy since DR. STRANGELOVE." Can mockery and ridicule dilute hate? Maybe. Maybe not. But laughter sure can. Is Allah laughing?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get the English Subtitles from the Web August 13, 2011
I was mostly bewildered the first time through this film. The Northern English dialects, often intermixed with other non-English foreign accents and naturalistic speech made the movie all but incomprehensible. Parochial cultural references (Not TJ but TK Maxx, Rubber Dinghy Rapids, Mr. Bean), British slang (slags) and a sprinkling of Arabic (kuffars, wasalaam) also hindered understanding until I got around to looking these things up. However you can find the English subtitles on the Web. The subtitles were faithful to the dialogue but you'll probably have to adjust the synchronization. All that extra effort will pay off. FOUR LIONS is very funny and the comedic acting and timing are superb. The two exceptions were Hassan and Omar's wife, who showed in their facial expressions that they were in on the gags.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Comedy in the Jihad World December 7, 2010
"Four Lions" is one of the most intelligent, important, illuminating, disturbing, and uncompromising political comedies of recent memory. It takes one of the biggest risks a movie of this day and age can take, and pulls it off: It presents us with a farcical look at modern jihadism. And yet it's not content with merely making us laugh at the very, very serious; it aims to humanize and shed light on a situation many of us are completely unfamiliar with apart from impersonal news reports and media generalizations. Set aside any notion that all Islamic terrorists are squirreled away in caves deep within Pakistan or Afghanistan - many live Westernized lives in densely populated cities, and as is the case with the planning of any large-scale event, there's a lot of doubt, puzzlement, fighting, and mistake making.

The central character is Omar (Riz Ahmed), a disheartened English Muslim at odds with the world over its persecution of Islam and its followers. He longs to go to Pakistan and train as a soldier, which might be possible due to family connections. He has a wife and son, and they both expect he will not only blow himself up very soon, but also do it in such a way that it feels right in his heart. Unfortunately, he has to put up with three fellow jihadists, all of whom are a few coconuts short of a palm tree. Waj (Kayvan Novak) is easily confused and has no real idea what he's doing or why he's doing it. Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) is training crows to be suicide bombers due to the less than optimal health of his father. Barry, a white Islamic convert (Nigel Lindsay), is a raging, paranoid extremist who hates just about everyone, including Omar.

Omar and Waj travel to Pakistan only to return earlier than expected, their terrorist training having gone disastrously wrong.
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Note: Paragraph 2 is a synopsis, and only paragraph 5 that contains spoilers.

Four Lions is a daring little comedy with balls of iron. Using terrorism as a source of comedy maybe one of the hardest methods to make people ponder about this important issue. Especially the way that Director Chris Morris pursues the subject, one often fears that the topic may be used as the butt of jokes, and form a debased comedy. I have no clue how Morris does it, but he never crosses the moral/ethical line of GLORIZING the terror or demeaning the victims.

This comedy is based on a group of extremist Muslims who decide to demonstrate in the face of all this consumerism and corruption of the West, the beauty of their religion by commiting horrible deeds-that in their eyes are nothing but noble. Take note that they are from Sheffield, England. Four of the men are identifiably Muslim, but one stands out like a nerd on the football team. He is a white convert to Islam, and the most radical, impatient, and extreme of the pack-trying to convince them to attack a Mosque. Two members, Omar and Waj, get sent to a terrorist training camp with disastrous result-keep watching after the credits to understand the extent of their tragic contribution. After returning, all five, which includes the new recruit Hassan, decide to find a target to express their rage.

These are not organized or trained newbie terrorists. They act independently on their dogma, and hilarity ensues. They are also quite well rounded, unlike the terrorist picture many of us may imagine: isolated people lacking in friends, and lovable family. Omar, for example, has a son, wife, and quite a large group of friends-many which are British.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, but predictable.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but it ended up being very watchable, just a little too predictable. The accents can be difficult to understand sometimes, and unfortunately CC isn't... Read more
Published 1 day ago by automator
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny
Published 2 days ago by ireemon
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
only skimmed this movie so I can't comment
Published 2 days ago by sliceblocker
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 3 days ago by Ian
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect much and you'll think this film was decent.
In Four Lions, we see a group of four Pakistani's who decide to take matters into their own hands and call for holy war on the Western Civilization. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Harkanwar Anand
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie; little difficult to follow the dialog sometimes, but english subtitles work.
Published 1 month ago by Kerrigan C. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really, really good
Published 1 month ago by Orion
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Hilarious!
Great Movie, Hilarious!
Published 1 month ago by Mujo Aksabanovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I didn't see THAT coming.
Very original and very funny. There are so many scenes that took me by surprise which never really happens to me with comedies anymore, but this one pulled it off several times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Who Am I?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a wonderfully funny sad film. Really highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Tim L.
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