All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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,…
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…
"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…
Deeply affecting and hilarious film that genuinely delivers an emotional understanding of the intersection of ambition, stupidity, and extremism.
Film 19/30 of Scavenger Hunt 8!
Task 14. "A film featuring British gangsters!"
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Okay, so they're more like British terrorists than British gangsters, but what the hell, Four Lions still managed to be a damn good film. It tackles a touchy subject very well indeed and allows for plenty of laughs, comparable to The Thick of it only obviously looking at terrorists rather than politics. The cast may not be the best (there's a brief role for Benedict Cumberbatch but that's about it) but the jokes come fast, thick and frequent. I'm keeping this review short because I don't have a lot of time at the moment but basically, Four Lions is a must watch…
Waj: 'We'll blow something up.'
Omar: 'What we gonna blow up, Waj?'
Four Lions may not have the best script or the best actors. This flick may not have the best editing or the best cinematography. But it is fuckin' ridiculous. That's for sure. Every damn line hit the bulls-eye. That was exactly my cup of tea.
This film was overall quite hysterical and well done, walking on the thin ice of making comedy out of terrorism but doing it well. Even when the crew were exploding, the starkness and potential sadness of the situation was disregarded in place of martyrdom. The conclusion of the film was questionable; I have no idea what the filmmaker was attempting to say, but the cluelessness of half of the crew yet adherence to the initial plan was interesting. Sort of a stark finish for a comedy, but I suppose it was the only ending that would fit.
Favorite scene was when Omar fired the AT4 backwards and hit the training camp; my ribs hurt from laughing for a good few minutes after that scene
I would recommend this unique farce of terrorism, but be warned that it is quite difficult (at least for me) to understand the quick British banter present throughout.
"Yeah! Fuck mini Babybels!" — Waj
The laugh I needed this week. Kayvan Novak is a seriously underrated and hilarious man.
One of the great British films of the last decade. In the wake of recent attacks in Paris the themes of his hilarious but deeply intelligent black comedy about bumbling wannabe jihadi terrorists in South Yorkshire are more relevant than ever. The four lions of the title are Muslims who are fairly secular, and well integrated into British society - they drink tea, talk about Boots and Jaffa cakes, and listen to Toploader's Dancing in the Moonlight - but they have also become drawn to extremism and want to commit the ultimate jihad. Chris Morris' central joke is that they are all complete idiots with little understanding of their religion, the reality of what they want to do and the…
Four Lions is funny and surprisingly honest. The concept of a comedy centered around wannabe jihadists is certainly interesting and could've easily been a bomb ;) but it is mostly pulled off well.
The films wasn't a non-stop laugh ride for me personally, though there was a lot of funny stuff. The writing is strong and all the characters have their quirks and flaws that make them fun to watch as they go about trying to achieve their morally reprehensible goals.
The film knows when to get serious and actually provides some insight into home grown radicals. The ending run is some of the pitchest black comedy I have seen and definitely memorable, though the rest of the film jumps…
Greatest comedy about modern day jihadist terrorism I've ever seen. That's not difficult because it's the only one, but it's impressive nonetheless. Masterfully walks the tightrope between offensive stereotyping and ridiculing idiotic so-called-Muslim terrorists. Much of it seems far-fetched and yet it's based on real events for the most part. Should be required viewing for anyone inclined to post political crap to facebook and youtube, and everyone else, too.
Rubber dinghy rapids, bro!
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest." Top two-hundred is definitive. Only 1940-2015.