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…
"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…
"We are the four lions"
Chris Morris's Four Lions is in my opinion the funniest British film of the last decade (sorry Wright and Pegg, I loved your work, but this was just hilarious). Morris took a huge risk by deciding to make a comedy about a group of terrorist friends that are planning their attack somewhere in the city, and it really payed off because this dark slapstick comedy worked extremely well. In papers you would never think this sort of comedy could work because it is just too dark of a subject matter, but somehow Morris manages to create a buddy comedy around this group of incompetent terrorists. Morris, who also co-wrote the script with Sam Bain and…
"I'm the Mujahideen, and I'm making a scene. Now you's gonna feel what the boom-boom mean. It's like Tupac said, "When I die, I'm not dead". We are the martyrs, you're just smashed tomatoes"
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
We, as a nation, have a patriotic duty to fund and allow Chris Morris to do whatever the hell he wants for so long as he lives.
I had wanted to watch this film for a while. In the wake of the terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo in Paris I decided it was about time. I was not disappointed. Four Lions is a masterclass in satire and an exemplar of why comedy is sometimes the most accurate depiction of terror. It somehow manages to be slapstick, insanely smart, hilarious and unnerving, sometimes all at the same time. It also satirises the police and security services just as much as the terrorists and makes it dreadfully clear that it isn't depicting the majority of Muslims.
(during the marathon)
" You're gonna die in that gear lads."
"More than likely, but it's for a good cause"
Very funny film about some very incompetent jihadists. Lots of laugh out loud one liners and mishaps, but I stopped laughing the minute they suggested bombing the London Marathon. It made me wonder what other misguided jackasses saw this film.
Unfortunately terrorism is a hot subject again because of what happened in Paris last week (may the souls of those people rest in peace). And I think we all will agree that terrorism if far from being funny, but director and screenwriter of this movie, Christopher Morris, manage to make movie that makes fun of terrorism but its not rude or offensive.
On the contrary, Four Lions is smart and thoughtful satiric movie that works equally well as a hilarious comedy and cultural social comment that deals with the absurdity and idiocy of terrorism, and show us how terrorism is pointless in the end.
Main characters are these young wannabe terrorist, and despite that fact, I just couldn't hate them. They are mostly incompetent and perfect example of everything that's wrong with the ideas that support terrorism. These characters are mostly confused and have no idea what they are doing and why, and that's the sad truth behind terrorism...
Probably the best satire of the decade so far (In The Loop just missed it by a year), and manages to have much more heart than most comedies while being about the grimmest possible subject matter. It's intertwining with the Charlie Hebdo attacks highlights the issues with the magazine's satire; though the massacre was undoubtedly a tragedy, it's important to talk about the comedy that punches up.
This film has been brought up a lot lately in relation to the recent Paris shootings.
Honestly, I feel like this film has about as much commentary about terrorists and terrorism that Hot Fuzz has about police brutality (it has nothing to say).
Also like Hot Fuzz though, it's really damn entertaining. I'm sure I'll will watch this film a lot more. Some hilarious one-liners and just overall well made.
Some hilarious scenes and typical Chris Morris scathe and wit. But a lot more terrifying than I remember in the way it depicts the banality and stupidity of evil. The most horrifying scenes are not the ones where people are blowing themselves up.
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