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Quick Review: Four Lions (0 stars)

Barry Ronge | 2010-11-02 12:56:31.00 Comments
Director Chris Morris attends the premiere of "Four Lions" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival
Image by: Peter Kramer

The concept of a slapstick comedy based on an Islamic jihad in Britain is, at best, a risky venture but Four Lions is worse than anything you could imagine. Two young men from the UK, Omar (Riz Ahmed) and Waj (Kayvan Novak), go to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.



On their return, they meet up with Barry (Nigel Lindsay), a pugnacious white British convert to Islam who spouts the ideology of being a suicide bomber. Barry, however, makes it clear that he will not actually be the bomber: he will just let the other guys be blown up instead.

The fourth man, Faisal (Adeel Akhtar), is another reluctant jihadi with no intention of blowing himself up. Instead he is trying to train crows to be airborne suicide bombers during the London Marathon.

It is a cheaply made film filled with gross caricature. Director Chris Morris employs a "trash everything for a laugh" attitude as he turns these gullible jihadis into the Three Stooges.

There is no sense of genuine religious faith or commitment and without that factor, the film has no point, but it is possible that having no point is supposed to be part of the "fun" of the film.

BBC Films and Channel 4 refused to invest in the film but, somehow, it got made and for the record, I hated every second of it.

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