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Four Lions 2010

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In this comic tour de force, four British jihadists show that, while terrorism is about ideology, it can also be about idiots.

Starring:
Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Christopher Morris
Starring Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali
Supporting actors Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar, Julia Davis, Craig Parkinson, Preeya Kalidas, Wasim Zakir, Mohammad Aqil, Karl Seth, Waleed Elgadi, Alex Macqueen, Shameem Ahmad, Jonathan Maitland, Marcus Garvey, Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Adil Mohammed Javed, Benedict Cumberbatch
Studio Magnet Releasing
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on May 4, 2011
Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
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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Format: Blu-ray
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE BLU RAY VERSION ***

Five twenty-something lads from Sheffield wanting to be Afghan terrorists on British soil is not exactly an easy sell for a film - even for the most liberal minded of viewers. This is the kind of material that walks a thin line between black humour and the need to tell the truth - no matter how offensive or uncomfortable it may be. But "Four Lions" 'so' works. Written and Directed by CHRIS MORRIS - his debut is an edgy risk-taking movie - and absolutely chockers full of laugh-out loud moments - and for all the right reasons...

It goes like this - the constantly babbling, but worldly naïve Waj is easily influenced by the disillusioned but far more radical Omar (Kayvan Novak and Riz Ahmed). Both 'brothers' want to do 'God's will' - which they believe is to become Mujahideen soldiers and start their own Islamic Jihad somewhere in affluent materialistic England. They essentially want to blow something up. Helping them away from Western materialism and Chicken McNuggets is the self-appointed cleric Barry (a fantastically funny turn by a scene-stealing Nigel Lindsay). Barry rabbits on about 'surveillance protocols', eats SIM cards and once planted a 'twin towers' cake in a local mosque to incite the faithful. Rolling under garage doors like an SAS commando and sidling up to people's porches likes he's Jason Bourne - Barry is convinced that a passing mother and child is a cop and the American Feds are watching him on satellites in space. Barry is the worst and most boorish of the five. A converted white man and bearded radical, he is full of nice things to say about open-mindedness like "...we've got women talking back bruv! We've got people playing stringed instruments!" Barry orders silver nitrate from Amazon and wants to "Boom!
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Format: DVD
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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"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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