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Four Lions (Blu-ray)

Released on 30 August 2010

Featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kayvan Novak & Julia Davis

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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Chris Morris' Four Lions is a funny, thrilling comedy that illuminates modern jihadism through the prism of farce. It understands jihadists as human beings. And it understands human beings as innately ridiculous. What "This Is Spinal Tap" did for heavy metal and "Dr Strangelove" the Cold War, Four Lions does for the modern face of terrorism.

In a British city, four men have a secret plan. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is disillusioned about the treatment of muslims around the world and is determined to become a soldier. This is the most exciting idea Waj (Kayvan Novak) has ever heard. Better still it's a no brainer because Omar does his thinking for him. Opposed to Omar and everyone else on earth is the white islamic convert Barry (Nigel Lindsay). He'd realize he joined the cell to channel his nihilism - If he had half the self knowledge of a duck. Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) is the odd man out. He can make a bomb - but he can't blow himself up just now coz his sick dad has "started eating newspaper". Instead he's training crows to fly bombs through windows. This is what Omar has to deal with. They must strike a decisive blow on their own turf but can any of them strike a match without punching himself in the face?
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    Four Lions


  • Lost Boys documentary
  • Bradford Film Festival Premier featurette
  • Mo Ali Interview
  • Deleted Scenes

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 Very Very Funny

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Was in Hysterics almost all the way through.
The bumbling attempts and the Zingy one liners, put this on course to be my number One comedy of the year.

Yes, the subject matters is uncomfortable, but the director deals with it from a comic point of view rather than in a judgemental way, which ensures the film is not too uncomfortable.

Highly recommended.

 The fine line between comedy and tragedy...

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I can remember first hearing about this early in 2010, and was unsure as what to expect. On one hand this could have been a nasty hate film, mocking the wave of Muslim extremism which is taking a firm hold in this country, merely for the entertainment value, or this could be one of the important satires on the subject to date.

It was by far, without a shadow of doubt, the latter. Four Lions follows five amateur, lackluster Muslims from Sheffield who all believe that they are a primed terror cell on the frontline of the war against the infidels. Unfortunately for them, they are bunglers, whilst achieving the ability to create explosives, they have failed to control how and when it explodes!

The plot culminates with an attempt to attack the London Marathon but it is a long road, taking our protagonists to the terror camps of Pakistan, and the town halls of Sheffield. This film is written and directed so expertly, it is literally frightening.

Morris and his pitch perfect cast deliver a film which so perfectly walks the razor wire tightrope between comedy and tragedy that every laugh is tinged with sadness or pity and every dark moment, seemingly comedic.

Is this a comedy? Decidedly not, but is this funny, and intentionally so? Yes. It's almost as if the laughs are out of sheer relief, as moments which should shock are delivered or followed up by some of the most profoundly realistic and yet ridiculous conversions.

The Lion King explanation for the war against the west; The almost horrifically callous 'Honey Monster' exchange as a police sniper may well have just shot an innocent civilian will stick in your mind. Let alone more simple humour, such as the eating of the sim cards to prevent tracking, which resembled the Catholic method of taking of the bread at mass.

But this was also about grooming: Grooming the audience to sympathise with a terror cell plotting in our midst was genius, whist having to watch the various methods employed within the group itself, leading to some of the films most poignant and tragic moments.

The disenfranchised Muslim population of this country have been captured so well, though portrayed on one hand as been dimwitted 'wanna-be terrorists', but on the other as real people, miss led with some of the most ridiculous concepts designed to reduce their lives to that of mediocrity in order to convince them to take so many others. This is a sympathetic peace movie in a time of great confusion and conflict.

Until now, United 93 was the film which had most summed up the dark times in which we live, following 9/11, but this is at least on par with it and is a great addition to a long and significant catalogue of topical anti-establishment films, such as M.A.S.H. and Dr. Strangelove.

Not just highly recommended, but a MUST SEE!

 Laugh out loud - Oops! Should I be laughing at that?

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The first film in ages to make me laugh out aloud.. Some characters you may hate but only because there are potentially real versions out there. It is a plausible farce that is destined to become a cult. This has to be the best British film of 2010.

 It's a shame that not enough people will see this

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Written by the writers of 'Peep Show' and 'The Thick of it', directed by the creator of 'Brass Eye' and 'The Day Today' and stars many British talents including the fella from 'Fonejacker' and 'Facejacker'.

My review is short; It's a great comedy with touching moments, which hilarity throughout. In my opinion, 5 stars should be reserved for films that absolutely blow your mind and will will be talked about in 20+ years. Although this is NOT it, it's still a fantastic film that everyone should see.

 Dull and not funny enough

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I'm a big fan of Chris Morris and was very disappointed in this. There are a few very funny moments but 3 or 4 good bits in 90 minutes is pretty dull.

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ActorsBenedict Cumberbatch, Kayvan Novak, Julia Davis, Craig Parkinson, Will Adamsdale, Chris Wilson, Riz Ahmed, Alex Macqueen & Preeya Kalidas
DirectorChristopher Morris
Certificate15 years and over
Year2010
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 37 minutes (approx)