Four Lions

Four Lions

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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A whip-smart, laugh-out-loud comedy that takes aim at the war on terror. Follow five clueless buffoons as they plan to strike a blow on their own turf, showing that while terrorism is supposed to be about ideology, it can also be about idiots.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2011]
Branch Call Number: FOU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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TheSandoz
Sep 15, 2017

I just watched this again for the second time. It is just as funny again the second time. The humor is so dark, and it brings to light some of the ways people with twisted ideologies try to justify their actions. Funny way to look at terrorism.

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2016

A funny yet deadly serious farce that followed the journey taken by "Four Stooges" to fulfill their desire as Jihadists. No one of any occupation, race, age, gender and religion in the film was spared being characterized as a convivial nitwit. See quotes.

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amoby
Oct 15, 2015

It is crude, but if it offends you wait till the end of the movie and then think about how you might sometimes offend other people. In the end this movie has more important things to say than 80% of media entertainment.
I will say I might not have liked this movie nearly as much if i had seen it when it was released.

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Olivy
May 29, 2015

I really wanted to like it. I bought into the "Funny, Funny, Funny..." references on the cover. It was mildly humourous in only some parts. It was crude and vulgar which ultimately prompted us to switch it off after about half an hour. I was very pleased with this decision as it is a total waste of time. No redeeming qualities.

Radharc May 24, 2015

Pitch-black British absurdist humor, with a heavy dose of slapstick. "Four Lions" does for suicide bombers what "This Is Spinal Tap" did for heavy metal. The comparisons to "Dr. Strangelove" are indeed well-warranted. Definitely worth a look if you enjoy satire.

JMGP Dec 17, 2014

I watched a half an hour all the while waiting for the humour to appear. It was just silly and quite frankly, a little disturbing. I don't know if we have enough distance from Islamic extremist terrorism to make a comedy out of it. I shut it off and went to bed.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Sure to offend sensitives on both sides of the ethical divide, Christopher Morris’ absurdist satire about a group of terrorist wannabes planning to blow something up in London plays like an episode of The Three Stooges Call a Jihad. Fed up with what he perceives as Moslem-bashing Western decadence, hot-tempered and ideologically muddled Omar jets off to Pakistan with the dimwitted Waj in order to study the fine art of explosives but instead winds up inflicting more damage on Al-Qaeda than the ubiquitous American drones flying overhead. Meanwhile, back in London self-appointed leader Barry (a fanatical convert unable to tell the difference between a bullet and a brain cell) recruits ambivalent rapper Hassan to join the brotherhood mainly because his dad owns a van. With Omar’s abrupt return a round of infighting ignites over the best way to employ all that bleach and peroxide provided by coconspirator Faisal who acquired the explosive components from unwitting shop owners by donning various disguises, among them a terrorist and a bearded lady. Omar wants the group to blow themselves up at a public event; Barry wants to blow up a mosque in order to “rally the moderates”; Faisal wants to strap bombs to crows and blow up drug stores because “...they sell condoms that make you want to bang white girls.” With hilariously inappropriate dialogue and slapstick timing Morris deftly peels away the many layers of fanatical chinwagging to reveal the often idiotic and contradictory nature of fundamentalist rhetoric. His angry men in search of a cause are as unfocused and impotent as the police entrusted to stop them while the general public shuffles along hobbled by political correctness. Ironically it is Omar’s brother, an ultra Orthodox Moslem, who provides the only voice of reason. But Morris saves his blackest and most problematic humour for the film’s final frames leaving us with two haunting images: Omar reinventing The Lion King as a Mujahideen bedtime story for his young son, and a cadre of would-be bombers scurrying panic-stricken around London dressed like cartoon characters. Lines were crossed.

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Janice21383
Oct 29, 2014

A story of four brothers in faith: Dumb, Dumber, Houseplant, and Terrorist. Should be equally popular with fans of Dr. Strangelove and Trailer Park Boys. It is obvious to me that some of the people below did not watch the film to the end, if at all. Please let me know if you agree.

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ncs1961
Aug 16, 2014

now I know why the dvd box blares 15 "funny" reviews.... because how else would a viewer know it was supposed to be funny?

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JoannaWright
Aug 06, 2014

Very funny, well crafted movie. The humour ranges from dark, cutting social commentary to brilliantly executed slapstick. Great cast.

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jimg2000
Feb 06, 2016

Two of British's finest snipers:
(Radio) Target confirmations are ostrich and grizzly bear.
-Ostrich and grizzly bear are the targets.
The bear is down. Repeat, the bear is down. I got the bear.
-I think that's a wookie. That's a wookie.
No, it's not, it's a bear.
-Is a wookie a bear, control?
(Radio) The bear target has changed. Target bear is now target Honey Monster.
Is a honey monster a bear?
-A honey monster is not a bear.
A honey monster is a bear. The honey monster is down. He was a target. He was a bear.
(Radio) The honey monster is down?
-The honey monster is not down, control. We have a wookie down.
What's a wookie? A bear. It's a bear!
- No, it is a wookie. You've just shot it as a bear.
Is a wookie a bear?
- It's a bear. Repeat, it's a bear.
The wookie is down.
-The wookie is not the target.
Well, it must be the target. I just shot it.

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jimg2000
Feb 06, 2016

- How often do you go to mosque?
When I can. Most weeks. Friday prayers. Once a year is too often. The mosques have lost it, brother. They're full of losers and spies. These are real bad times, bro. Islam is cracking up. We got women talking back. We got people playing stringed instruments. It's the end of days.
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Hassan rapping:
Today you felt our exploding sword
in your fat oppressor stomachs, man.
We're the muslimeen
and we're making terrible scenes
Now you wanna know
what the boom-boom means?
It's like Tupac said:
"When I die, I ain't dead
"Fight and be slain,
die with no pain
Got shaheed in my heed,
for my creed I daheed
We are the martyrs,
you'sjust smashed tomatoes
Now we've got...
Waj: Bro? What were that?
Hassan: For my creed, I daheed
Waj: What's "daheed", though?
Hassan: Died. Daheed, died. Daheed.
Waj: That's bollocks, man. You're rhyming doolally. That's clear, man.

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jimg2000
Feb 06, 2016

It's life, isn't it? It's just life. What is that? It's nothing. It's like being stuck in the queue at Alton Towers. Do you want to be in the queues or do you want to be on the rides? You want to be on the rides, don't you? You want to be on Nemesis, Oblivion. Rubber Dinghy Rapids.
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You think we're all bombers, don't you?
- That is absolutely...No, no, no.
When you look at someone like me, you think "bomber", right? Yeah, you do.
- That is not the case.
Why shouldn't I be a bomber if you treat me like one?

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jimg2000
Feb 06, 2016

- Frog him in the back.
- Omar, we agreed, no frogging.
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Today is an opportunity for you to look in the mirror at western imperialist culture. Superficial materialism ends at the capitalist church of McDonald's. Flipping idiots. It's as though you just had a Big Mac, completely oblivious to the amount...Complete flipping idiots. You could've gone Chicken Cottage, proper halal, bargain bucket £6.99.

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jimg2000
Feb 06, 2016

The runner Matt:
Ran 23K on the weekend. 6K Saturday morning. Had a light lunch: Snack-a-Jacks and a medium apple. 5K in the afternoon, cos obviously it was after lunch, so... Same again Sunday. Although in the afternoon I only did 4K cos I'd had a roast. Would've gone further, you know, but I started to run a bit lopsided. I'm not slagging my right leg off, but my left leg is definitely stronger. I think lefty just wants it more, you know. Right leg's bone idle. He'll just wait there, let lefty pick up the slack. Before you know it, you're running in curves. I'm going to have to put my foot down, you know. Really show him who's boss. Yeah. Know what I mean?
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All right, let's get one thing straight. Omar Khan had nothing to do with this. Cos I knew him and I worked with him. Did you know he was actually working for Ml5? Cos he told me that himself.

Radharc May 24, 2015

"We shot the right man; but the wrong man exploded."

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Janice21383
Oct 29, 2014

"You can f*ck her, but you can't kill her. What's wrong with you?!"

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TinaLHL
Jun 19, 2011

Omar: Did you fix this then, Barry?
Barry: Yes, I fixed it!
Omar: Did ya?
Barry: It's the parts... they're Jewish.
Omar: What parts in a car are Jewish?
[pause]
Omar: Hmm?
Fessal: Spark plugs.
Barry: Spark plugs! Jews invented spark plugs to control global traffic.

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TinaLHL
Jun 19, 2011

Omar: You're confused bro.
Waj: I'm not confused brother! I just took picture of my face, and it's deffo not my confused face.

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Aug 20, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Aug 20, 2011

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