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Four Lions (2010)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  7 May 2010 (UK)
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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Parkinson ...
Wasim Zakir ...
Mohammad Aqil ...
Karl Seth ...
Khalid (as Willliam El-Gardi)
Malcolm Storge MP (as Alex MacQueen)
Shameem Ahmad ...
Jonathan Maitland ...
Newsreader (as Jonny Maitland)


Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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£608,608 (UK) (7 May 2010)


$304,137 (USA) (18 February 2011)

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In the UK, the poster states "If you're reading this, find out what's wrong with you" in the small printed credits. As of October 2010, the poster is available in high resolution on the official UK website. See more »


Omar's water pistol was placed on his laptop but then appears behind the laptop and other objects on the table without anyone touching it. See more »


Barry: [after starting a discussion about training camps] I object to the term training camps!
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One sheep was blown up in the making of this film See more »


Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: Los Tres Mosqueteros (2011) See more »


From the album 'Songs of Arabic Struggle'
Licensed courtesy of Halaqah Media [gb]
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More than a meow
11 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With The Day Today and its more acerbic follow-up Brasseye, supreme satirist Chris Morris made a mockery of the madness of the popular media by saying what he saw. It was funny because it could have been true. With Four Lions, Morris's focus is no longer on the manipulator, but rather the manipulated. Yet by presenting this jihad suicide squad as a group of bumbling misfits, chugging along the road to apotheosis in a car fitted with dodgy "Jewish spark plugs", it's still about the madness – here, the madness of a cracked ideology believed in mostly because it's made up as it goes along.

This is not really a film about Islam, or even religious fundamentalism, but identity. Omar (an excellent Riz Ahmed) speaks fluently about the "Church of McDonald's" and Western imperialism, and yet he's at the centre of a comfortable, suburban, upper working class family unit. Hassan (Arsher Ali) is an awkward, gangly virgin with a bone to pick with his Media Studies teacher. Barry (Nigel Lindsay, who some might remember playing a terrorist of a different creed in HBO's Rome) is white.

For all their misadventures, there's a genuine tenderness and loyalty between these "soldiers". This is a side of Morris we've rarely seen before – an emotional spine that raises the film far above what could have resembled a series of sketches or, worse, a reel of better outtakes. Perhaps this is the film's greatest success: bringing its director out of the satirical shadows and into the comedy spotlight, and proving there's a heart to go with that clever head.

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