Watched Jun 21, 2012
Aaron Noonan’s review:
I liked this film more and more as it went on. It's pretty obvious that this is a film that could have been made in incredibly bad taste, but it is handled very well. What's better is that you actually feel for the would-be bombers, even as they're about to kill innocent people. They're all idiots (it's a comedy) - too stupid sometimes, as I will discuss below - and they don't really know what they're up to. At the end of the day, they all seem a bit pathetic, and need something to cling on to in their lives, to make something of themselves. That's a theme that's never really explored, but it is why they're so likeable.
It's a hilarious film at points, and sometimes it falls a bit flat. There are some fantastically quotable lines, such as the instant classic "Fuck Mini Babybel", referring to their 'hatred' of consumerism. As jihadists, they're on the lookout to blow something up, but their ideas are as small as their minds. One of them wants to blow up Boots (a pharmacy), for no particular reason, another wants to anonymously blow up a mosque so their Muslim brothers will think it was enemies of Islam and start their own jihad.
Their stupidity is obviously what drives the film, but sometimes they can be just a little bit too stupid to make them believable. Characters don't always have to be believable, but I think they do here a bit because firstly, it's shot in documentary style which adds an element of realism to it, and secondly because the threat of what they're doing is so real and tangible to the main audience of the film. Their extreme idiocy keeps the serious subject matter at bay somewhat, but at the same time it can make it seem almost trivial.
My main gripe with the film however was the lack of direction it took. They're bumbling idiots, but they don't seem to know what they want to do until the last half an hour or so, yet they're still preparing for it by making bombs and videos. Maybe that's because they're just stupid and disorganised, but I felt that the lack of goal was distracting because I didn't really know what they were up to.
Still though, a very enjoyable and well made film, some deliciously quotable lines and the ending was a bit sad in a nice (and perverted) way.