All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
We are 4 Lions.
Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots.
I'm a picky bastard when it comes to comedy, but I can safely say that Four Lions was tailor made for me. It is absolutely hilarious. It's In the Loop with terrorists.
Whenever I watch a comedy I always hope the makers are not afraid to search for and sometimes cross over boundaries. And whenever that happens I hope they go about it smartly. Four Lions' satirical comedy should perhaps not be labelled as smart, but it sure as hell is street smart. It seems to know and understand its subject really well, making the human connection so often missing in comedies feel palpable and real despite the ludicrous…
I completely lost it when a bunch of Jihadist were communicating with each other through an internet puffin party. ‘Four Lions’ is a British black comedy about a group of Islamic friends who plan to suicide bomb an UK target to earn their place in heaven as a martyr. These people are, however, as suitable as Jihadist as a four years old is for university: not. Christopher Morris, who earned himself a BAFTA Film Award for his outstanding debut, hilariously mocks the terror organisation, without attempting to insult the religion; rather, we get to laugh at a bunch of miscasts and the equally mismatching environment in which they plan to realise their plans. The funniness meanders a bit, but at…
"What are we going to blow up, Waj?
The Internet! We will blow up the Internet for brother Faisal!"
Oh gosh... Four Lions is one of the most hilarious/disturbing movies I have ever seen. I never in my life thought I would be watching a buddy comedy about radical terrorists. I wasn't sure about what I was getting myself into upon starting this movie, but by the end I loved the film. It's darkly comedic, and bitingly satirical. It takes a subject like terrorism and somehow makes it humorous and human. It definitely makes you feel guilty for liking the film.
This movie is gut bustingly funny but also very intense with its subject matter. It's funny, yes, but you…
By the middle of the 2000s, it had been established that Islamist terror was the Defining Theme of Our Time, and any novelist, film-maker, playwright, poet or TV dramatist worthy of the title had to tackle it. Most artistic efforts of the time tended to concentrate on the radicalisation process, perhaps because the political classes' efforts to address it were so glib and lacking, perhaps because it offered the most obvious window to explaining terrorism.
Just about all of the works of art about radicalisation went something like this: young Muslim man from Afghanistan or Palestine sees their friends or family killed, goes to radical mosque, comes out convinced that suicide bombing is the only way to redress the balance,…
Once Four Lions gets into a rhythm, it's off the charts hilarious. It's also supposed to be a satire, but I don't think this aspect of the film was as well-done. I'm not really sure what point they were trying to make about terrorists or terrorism in general. There are hints of great commentary and satire, but overall it just comes off as a comedy of errors and a fun adventure with a bunch of lovable dumb-asses. I'd watch this many more times for the one-liners alone.
This is only my second Riz Ahmed film and it certainly won't be my last. He plays Omar, the straight man/head idiot in a group of idiot wannabe terrorists. Whenever he's on screen,…
30 Countries, 30 Days.
Day 14, Film 14
Time Period: present
Theme: Satire of terrorism
Style of Subtitle: Pretty thin yellow font, typically two lines at a time on screen
Funniest / Oddest Subtitle: James Fuck Bond
What did I learn about the country:
Coincidental relation to last country I watched: Canada's Muslim population increased by 82% in last decade.
I heard there's an American remake planned: Starring Aasif Mandvi, Ahmed Ahmed, Dev Patel, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Armano Iannucci.
Why the hell did I wait so long to watch this?
I knew I would like it, thinking it would be something like methadone to get me through in between the comedy highs of The Thick of It…
Waj: "We'll blow something up."
Omar: "What we gonna blow up Waj?"
Who ever thought that a film about fundamentalist terrorists could be so funny, or is my PC-scale way out of sync?
A very dark comedy about four British jihadists struggling to enact their explosive calling and earn their just rewards. Omar is the "brains" of the operation, but his slight IQ advantage isn't enough to spread around to the others who are either too angry, too dim..., or both..., to avoid detection and/or premature self-sacrifice.
Chris Morris takes a subject that should be impossible to wrest humour from and somehow pries out belly laughs. His characters are quite broadly drawn at times, but we still find their humanity when it matters. Much more than we'd ever be able to in a typical drama with the same subject matter, obviously.
You know when you come up with a racist joke, but you jus can`t say it because, well, it is racist? This movie have all these jokes thru out the movie. It jokes about muslims in a way that noone has ever noe before. It is so funny and somewhat goodhearted that I am sure you will enjoy it! Watch it, funny movie!
This is my second viewing of these four incompetent British jihadists who set out to train for and commit an act of terror.
There is an obvious abundance of humour in this piece but the overall tragic events that ensue & ultimately form the climax to the 3rd act make it quite a sobering drama.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Puffin Party: ★★★★★
What I learned:
Chris Morris should make the Superior Foes of Spider-Man adaptation
The funniest movie about terrorists that will ever be made.
"And the Mujahadeen are makin' a scene. Now you're gonna know what the boom-boom means. It's like what Tupac said "When I die I ain't dead." We are the martyrs, you're just squashed tomatah's. ALLAH HU AKBAR!!!"
Shot in the style of domestic-terrorist surveillance this comedic take on suicidal jihad waged by a quintet of dopey Britons is often hilarious in its deconstructions of mindset, ideology, division and dissent. An excellent cast, impeccably written, often sweet and brilliantly spot on. The moment of four men on their way to blow up the London Marathon but joyously singing the pop song Dancin' in the Moonlight just confirms this as one of my absolute favourites. This is probably the ninth or tenth time I've watched it and I still love it dearly.
An excellent and disturbing satire that reminds us that not every terrorist is a diabolical genius.
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