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Critics' Pick! "Shockingly hilarious, stiletto-sharp... unsparing and yet also curiously affectionate" -New York Times
"Challenging and often hilarious... the director and co-writer's extensive research and profound intellect elevate the film above mere farce" -Los Angeles Times
"Brilliantly incendiary" -Time
"While there are explosions in Four Lions...it's the scenes of delightfully witless banter, devised by Morris and his three co-writers, that are the film's real special effects" -Village Voice
"An exceedingly dark comedy, a wicked satire" -Roger Ebert
½ "It's appalling in all the right ways... Director [Christopher] Morris gets away with murder" -Chicago Tribune
"It has a loose, freewheeling air, although the humour of the script is as crafted and honed" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! "Savage, brutal, erratic, hilarious, damning, inconsistent, absurdist, offensive, splendid, thrilling, mocking, awful and wondrous and cold. Movies as bold as this...are too rare" -NewCity Chicago
"Audacious and uncompromising... an edgy provocation that alchemizes tragedy into literally explosive comedy" -Onion AV Club
"Terrorist cells have the same group dynamics as stag parties and five a side football teams. There is conflict, friendship, misunderstanding and rivalry. Terrorism is about ideology, but it's also about berks." (Chris Morris)
Celebrated British satirist Christopher Morris has never been one to shy away from taboo subjects. For nearly twenty years, he has been the most biting voice on British radio and television, where he has skewered untouchable topics that would make South Park blush. Now, for his feature film debut, he has done the seemingly impossible: he has dared to make an audacious, laugh-out-loud comedy about terrorism. After several years researching homegrown British extremists, Morris has concocted this tale set in a cell of wannabe jihadists. Our "hero" is Omar, a family man and mall security guard who, along with three other radicalized cohorts, decides to become a martyr. It turns out they are better bumblers than bombers, and most of their plots amount to little more than exploding crows and getting kicked out of Al-Qaeda training camps. Then they train their sights on the London Marathon with unpredictable results!
Four Lions runs an amazing gamut of comedy, including everything from slapstick to farce to sitcom set-ups, but its most subversive moments are among the quietest, when the obvious jokes fall way, leaving behind the awful absurdity of Omar's extreme ideology. Cuttingly articulate, Four Lions hones its insults with dazzling velocity and nerve.
Directed by Christopher Morris, UK, 2010, 101 mins. In English, Urdu, and Arabic with English subtitles.