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,…
"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 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…
Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.
Well-intentioned black comedy, but only ocassionally funny.
Maybe my expectations were too high, but this felt like a pilot for a TV series that the BBC didn’t bother to pick up.
A controversial UK black comedy. I think one of the funniest lines is toward the end actually: "most loud bangs aren't bombs; they're scooters backfiring." I don't know, it doesn't seem spectacular. Satire wants you to say it failed so it can say back that you just didn't get it. A white guy goofing on radical Muslims?/But one of them is white?/But it didn't tickle my funny bone?/You're just intrinsically sour and an American?/Um…?/
One of the only recent satires that has actually made me laugh out loud. This movie is hilarious from start to finish.
It doesn't pull punches. Regarding terrorism, this film speaks about as loudly as a dramatic film with the same story would about the subject, but here we get some brilliant inappropriate comedy to hammer it home.
Sharp on its central topic of violence as performative masculinity, though the biggest laughs all come from smaller moments that would work in a film on any subject. Not as interested in the religion and sociology of radicalism as something like Timbuktu is, but this is a broader, more farcical film, and the fact that it works at all is almost a miracle so I won't ask for too much. Between this and Nightcrawler, Riz Ahmed ought to be a star.
Four lions and more laughs than you could count.
Unfailing ballsy dark comedy about terrorisms is all hits and no misses and a conclusion that could have easily fallen into poor taste is masterfully handled by twisted genius writer/director Chris Morris in his feature debut.
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.