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Four Lions [Blu-ray]

  • R
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A handful of young men set out to take on the decadent West but are more of a threat to themselves than anyone else in this black comedy from director Chris Morris. Omar (Riz Ahmed) is a devout Muslim living in the United Kingdom who has decided to form a terrorist cell to bring forth a jihad against a culture he believes is dominated by the sinful and ignorant. However, Omar isn't much of leader, and he's assembled an unimpressive team of fellow terrorists, among them Waj (Kayvan Novak), who lacks the brainpower to come up with ideas or direction on his own; Faisal (Adeel Akhtar), who is shy and doesn't have much to say; and Barry (Nigel Lindsay), a recent convert to Islam who tries to make up for his lack of practical knowledge with fierce passion. As Omar and his comrades debate both doctrine and methods, they ponder such notions as using birds as explosive devices, creating video communiqus with a hip-hop flavor, and attacking mosques in an effort to provoke nonviolent Muslims. But are Omar and his partners a legitimate threat to the safety of Great Britain, or just four half-bright twentysomethings with more bluster than imagination? FOUR LIONS received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
  • Credits
    Nigel Lindsay, Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar, Arsher Ali, Kayvan Novak
  • Critic Reviews
    "It's a challenging and often hilarious study of a group of bickering, homegrown terrorists as they plan suicide bombings in London....The director and co-writer's extensive research and profound intellect elevate the film above mere farce."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[A] shockingly hilarious, stiletto-sharp satire directed by Chris Morris and written by a squad of British wits."
    New York Times

    "[A] wacky slapstick comedy that gleans big, cathartic laughs from the surreal juxtaposition of the mundane and the militantly spiritual....It's an edgy provocation that alchemizes tragedy into literally explosive comedy." -- Grade: B+
    A.V. Club

    "[Its] willingness to trek into some fairly dark corners is what gives FOUR LIONS its sting....[Morris] isn't afraid to tread too close to hot-button issues."

    4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s pitch-black as it is hilarious....It should find a warm reception with fans of dark, outrageous humor."
    Box Office

    3 stars out of 4 -- "It's an exceedingly dark comedy, a wicked satire, a thriller where the thrills center on the incompetence of the villains. It's fueled by both merriment and anger."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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