Thursday, November 4, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: Christopher Morris
Writer: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell and Christopher Morris
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay, Darren Boyd, Riz Ahmed, Craig Parkinson, Preeya Kalidas, Julia Davis, Arsher Ali, Will Adamsdale, Alex MacQueen, Kevin Eldon, Chris Wilson, Adeel Akhtar et al.
Producers: Mark Herbert and Darrin Schlesinger
Executive Producers: Angus Anysley, Carole Baraton, Peter Carlton, Will Clarke, Mark Findlay, Afi Khan, Caroline Leddy and Alex Marshall
Associate Producer: Faisal A. Quereshi
Line Producer: Rebekah Wray Rogers
Running Time: 102 Minutes
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English,
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Satire

Four Lions is a hysterically funny satire about four British jihardists who have competing ideologies. They also are apparently totally inept and unable to carry off their terrorist plans with any reasonable facility.

The farce is filled with humorous fiascoes such as a rocket launcher mishap where the jihardists annihilate their own terrorist leaders, which are actually based on real incidents.

If terrorism can have levity added to it, then Christopher Morris has succeeded in doing just that.

While the film is filled with a variety of stereotypical characters, they are uproariously funny.

The terrorists are portrayed as being totally human, with friends, families and common worries, but their terrorism is never condoned.

Instead, despite their emotional commitment and willingness to die for their cause, they are continually unsuccessful at achieving their planned end goals.

Despite their fervor and dedication, everything goes wrong - bad for the jihardists, good for the British empire.

Evidently, as funny as these occurrences are to watch in the film, they actually frequently happen in real life.