Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The Buzz: An award winning comedy that satirises Muslim suicide bombers.
The stars: Rizwan Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Adeel Akhtar, Nigel Lindsay, Will Adamsdale
The story: A handful of young Muslims set out to join the jihad to take on the decadent West but are more of a threat to themselves than anyone else in this black comedy.
inSing.com says: This award winning satire doesn’t quite rise to the level of Dr. Strangelove; it’s a brave little film that is often more audacious than funny, but nonetheless one has to give credit to filmmaker Chris Morris for braving taboo territory.
A group of working class British Muslims join the cause and decide to become suicide bombers. They are led by Omar (Riz Ahmed), who has a good job and a loving wife. They’re mostly buffoons, and it’s their incompetence that provides the main laughs. They eventually venture to Pakistan to train, but the incompetents only get in more trouble.
Some of the situations are outright bizarre, and there are a few great set pieces. Morris constantly emphasizes how the quartet are regular blokes, who sing along to Van Morrison and think that they can buy hazardous material through Amazon.com, but have a grip with the society that they live within.
The movie does take a much deeper, darker turn at the end, which may stun the audience. Morris, however, steps too far into the dark side, and it’s hard to find much humour as the group, dressed up as Ninja turtles and an ostrich, try to infiltrate a marathon and blow things up.
Four Lions relies a bit too heavily on the stupidity of the group, even as it pokes holes at their misguided fanaticism. But nonetheless it’s a comedy that makes no apologies for being daring.